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The Cabinet of Fiji is the Fijian Government's body of Ministers. It is appointed by the Prime Minister of Fiji and responsible to the Parliament of Fiji. The Cabinet's constitutional basis is sections 90 to 96 of the 2013 Constitution of Fiji.[1]

Cabinet consists of the Prime Minister as chair and a number of Ministers.[2] With the exception of the Attorney-General, they must be members of Parliament. Ministers hold office at the pleasure of the Prime Minister, or until they resign or cease to be MPs.[3]

Cabinet is responsible to Parliament. Ministers must provide regular reports to Parliament on their areas of responsibility, and must appear before Parliament or any committee on request to answer questions about their areas of responsibility.[4]

Prior to the 2006 Fijian coup d'état and the 2009 Fijian constitutional crisis, Fiji's Cabinet was governed by the 1997 Constitution. An unusual feature of the constitution was to require a compulsory coalition cabinet, with every political party with more than 8 seats in the 71-member parliament required to be offered a proportionate number of cabinet posts. The model was not successfully implemented for nearly a decade, with the governments of both Mahendra Chaudhry and Laisenia Qarase refusing to offer Cabinet seats to their political opponents. It was only after the 2006 election that a full multi-party Cabinet was appointed. The multi-party model was not continued in the 2013 constitution.

Current cabinetEdit

After the 2018 General elections:

Party key FijiFirst
Cabinet of Fiji: November 2018 – present
Portrait Portfolio Incumbent
  Prime Minister
Minister for iTaukei Affairs
Minister for Sugar
Foreign Affairs
Frank Bainimarama
  Attorney-General
Minister for Justice,Economy, Civil Service, Communications and Public Enterprises
Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum
  Minister for Trade
Tourism
Local Government
Housing and Commercial Development
Premila Kumar
  Minister for National Security and Defence Inia Seruiratu
  Minister for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau
  Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa
  Minister for Employment, Productivity
Industrial Relations
Youth and Sports
Parveen Bala
  Minister for Education and Heritage, Arts Rosy Akbar
  Minister of Agriculture
Environment, Rural and Maritime Development
Waterways
Mahendra Reddy
  Minister for Health and Medical Services Ifereimi Waqainabete
  Minister for Infrastructure
Transport
Disaster Management and Meteorological services
Jone Usamate
  Minister for Forestry Osea Naiqamu
  Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources Ashneel Sudhakar
Assistant Ministers
  Assistant Minister for Education, Heritage & Arts Joseph Nand
  Assistant Minister for Agriculture
Environment, Rural and Maritime Development
Waterways
Viam Pillay
  Assistant Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation
Deputy Speaker of the House
Veena Bhatnagar
  Assistant Minister for Agriculture
Environment, Rural and Maritime Development
Waterways
Jale Sigarara
  Assistant Minister for Health Alexander O’Connor
  Assistant Minister for Local Government, Housing & Community Development Vijay Nath
  Assistant Minister for Employment, Productivity
Industrial Relations
Youth and Sports
Alvikh Maharaj
  Assistant Minister for Sugar George Vegnathan
Others
  Speaker of the House Jiko Luveni
  Leader of Opposition Sitiveni Rabuka
  Former FijiFirst cabinet minister, now President of Fiji Jioje Konrote

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Constitution of the Republic of Fiji, chapter 4, part B.
  2. ^ Constitution of the Republic of Fiji, section 91.
  3. ^ Constitution of the Republic of Fiji, section 95.
  4. ^ Constitution of the Republic of Fiji, section 95.