Inoke Kubuabola

Frank Bainimarama Minister for Foreign Affairs (Fiji) Ratu


Ratu Inoke Kubuabola
Ratu Inoke Kubuabola (cropped).jpg
Leader of the Opposition
In office
1999–2000
Prime MinisterMahendra Chaudhry
Preceded byJai Ram Reddy
Succeeded byPrem Singh
Minister for Immigration, National Security and Defence[1]
In office
9 September 2016 – 20 November 2018
Prime MinisterFrank Bainimarama
Preceded byFrank Bainimarama (Acting)
Succeeded byInia Seruiratu
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
24 July 2009 – 9 September 2016
Prime MinisterFrank Bainimarama
Preceded byFrank Bainimarama
Succeeded byFrank Bainimarama
Personal details
Born1948 (age 71–72)
NationalityFijian
Political partyFijiFirst

Ratu Inoke Kubuabola (born 1948) is a Fijian politician and Cabinet Minister. He is the former Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Kubuabola worked as an assistant manager for the New Zealand Insurance Company in Auckland and Suva. From 1975 to 1987 he was secretary of the South Pacific Bible Society.[2] A Fijian nationalist, he was involved in the planning of the 1987 Fijian coups d'état.[3] Following the coup he was appointed Minister for Information in the Military Government, and subsequently served as Minister for Information, Broadcasting, Television and Telecommunication.[2]

Kubuabola was elected to Parliament in the 1992 election as a candidate for the Soqosoqo ni Vakavulewa ni Taukei (SVT) and reappointed to Cabinet as Minister for Youth, Employment Opportunities and Sports.[2] He was re-elected at the 1994 election and was appointed Minister for Regional Development and Multi Ethnic Affairs.[2] In 1996 he was appointed Minister of Works, Infrastructure and Transport.[2]

Following the defeat of the SVT government at the 1999 election and the subsequent resignation of its leader, the defeated Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka, Kubuabola became leader of the SVT and Leader of the Opposition. Under the 1997 Constitution of Fiji the Leader of the Opposition chose 8 of the 32 members of the Senate, and Kubuabola sparked controversy in the role by limiting his selection to members of opposition parties.

Following the Fiji coup of 2000 Kubuabola was appointed Minister for Information and Communications in the interim Cabinet formed by Laisenia Qarase.[4] He held this office till September 2001, when he lost his seat in the 2001 election. That year he also resigned the Chairmanship of the Cakaudrove Provincial Council, which he had led for served years, to Sitiveni Rabuka.

Diplomat

Kubuabola served as Fiji's High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea from 2002 to 2005. In late 2005, he attempted to handle the problem of Fijian security guards, whom some accused of being mercenaries, operating illegally on the island of Bougainville.

On 4 May 2006 Kubuabola was posted to Tokyo as Fiji's Ambassador to Japan and Korea, replacing Ratu Tevita Momoedonu. He remained in this position until July 2009 when he was named Minister for Foreign Affairs by the Interim Government.[5]

Kubuabola ran as a candidate for FijiFirst in the 2014 election, and was elected with 5,414 votes.[6] He did not seek re-election at the 2018 election.[7]

References

  1. ^ https://www.rulers.org/2016-09.html
  2. ^ a b c d e "Speaker profile: Ratu-Inoke Kubuabola". Astana Economic Forum. Archived from the original on 8 June 2013. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  3. ^ Lal, Brij (2010). In the Eye of the Storm: Jai Ram Reddy and the Politics of Postcolonial Fiji (PDF). Canberra: ANU ePress. p. 365. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Fiji president reappoints Qarase as PM". New Zealand Herald. 28 July 2000. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
  5. ^ Burese, Ioane (6 January 2011). "Australian scholarships increase". Fiji Times Online. Archived from the original on 8 September 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2011.
  6. ^ "2014 Election Results". Fiji Elections Office. Archived from the original on 21 September 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
  7. ^ Fonua Talei (20 September 2018). "Prime Minister Praises work of 11 MPs not in Poll Line-up". Fiji Sun. Retrieved 16 October 2018.