Konrote reappointed for another term as Fijian president

Source: Xinhua| 2018-08-31 18:40:32|Editor: xuxin
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SUVA, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- Fijian President Jioji Konrote was elected and reappointed on Friday in a second term as president of Fiji for the next three years.

Konrote was elected unopposed after being nominated by Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. An urgent sitting of Parliament was called on Friday to decide the term of Fiji's president.

Fijian Parliament Speaker Jiko Luveni said earlier that the sitting would formalize the term of the president, either by extending it or through a new appointment.

Konrote, born on Dec. 26, 1947, is a retired major-general of the Fiji military who has been the president of Fiji since 2015.

After commanding a peacekeeping mission in Lebanon, Konrote served as Fiji's High Commissioner to Australia from 2001 to 2006, as Minister of State for Immigration briefly in 2006, and as Minister for Employment Opportunities, Productivity and Industrial Relations from 2014 to 2015. He is the first non-iTaukei president and the first to be elected by parliament, as previous presidents were selected by the Great Council of Chiefs.