Vice-President of Fiji
|Vice-President of the|
Republic of Fiji
Coat of arms of
the Republic of Fiji
|Appointer||Great Council of Chiefs (1990–2009)|
President of Fiji (2009–13)
|First holder||Josaia Tavaiqia|
|Final holder||Epeli Nailatikau|
|Abolished||6 September 2013|
|Succession||Chief Justice of Fiji|
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The position of the Vice-President of the Republic of Fiji was created in 1990, to provide a constitutional successor to the President of Fiji, in the event of the latter's death or resignation, or of his otherwise being unable to carry out his duties. The Vice-President's role in government was mostly ceremonial.
History of the office
Under the terms the 1990 Constitution of Fiji, the Vice-Presidential office was divided between two persons, styled First Vice-President and Second Vice-President, respectively, but a single person has held the office of Vice-President from 1999, when the 1997 Constitution of Fiji came into effect.
Under the terms of the 1997 Constitution, the Vice-President was appointed by the Great Council of Chiefs, after consultation with the Prime Minister. In April 2009, however, the Constitution was suspended, following the earlier suspension of the Great Council of Chiefs in April 2007. Six days after the suspension of the Constitution, the government issued a decree stating that the Vice-President would henceforth be appointed by the President. Ratu Epeli Nailatikau was appointed Vice-President the following day.
Being appointees of the all-indigenous Great Council of Chiefs, Fiji's Vice-Presidents, like its Presidents, have all been indigenous Fijians (of chiefly rank). In 2007, Reverend Akuila Yabaki, Director of the Citizens Constitutional Forum, suggested that "the time may be right now to allow a person from any race to take up this position".
Vice-Presidents (single office)
|No.||Vice-President||Took office||Left office||Time in office||Party||President|
|18 January 1999||29 May 2000||1 year, 132 days||Independent||Kamisese Mara|
|Vacant (29 May 2000 – 25 March 2001)|
|25 May 2001||29 November 2004||3 years, 188 days||Independent||Josefa Iloilo|
|15 December 2004||5 December 2006||1 year, 355 days||Independent||Josefa Iloilo|
|Vacant (5 December 2006 – 17 April 2009)|
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|17 April 2009||30 July 2009||104 days||Independent||Josefa Iloilo|
|Vacant (30 July 2009 – 6 September 2013)|
|Abolished (6 September 2013 – present)|
- Constitution of Fiji, s.90
- Office of the Vice-President and Succession Decree Archived 13 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine, 16 April 2009
- "Fiji appoints Ratu Epeli Nailatikau as Vice President", Radio Australia, 17 April 2009
- "Promote multi-racism in Fiji", Fiji Broadcasting Corporation, 30 December 2007