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Minister for Foreign Affairs (Fiji)

The Minister for Foreign Affairs (commonly known as the Foreign Minister) is Fiji's Cabinet Minister responsible for foreign relations and diplomacy and oversees its Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Especially since two military coups in 1987 harmed Fiji's relationship with other countries, with two more coups in 2000 and 2006 respectively, the Foreign Minister's position has been a very important one.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the
Republic of Fiji
Frank Bainimarama November 2014.jpg
Incumbent
Frank Bainimarama

since 9 September 2016
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
SeatGovernment Buildings, Suva
NominatorPrime Minister of Fiji
AppointerPresident of Fiji
Term lengthNot term limited
Inaugural holderKamisese Mara
Formation10 October 1970
WebsiteOfficial Ministry website

Description of the officeEdit

Like other ministers, the Foreign Minister is formally appointed by the President on the nomination of the Prime Minister, and is responsible to both the Prime Minister and the Parliament. The position may be held independently, or in conjunction with other ministerial responsibilities. From time to time, the Prime Minister has simultaneously served as Foreign Minister.

Along with all ministers, the Foreign Minister is constitutionally required to be a member of the Parliament.

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List of ministersEdit

The following is a list of Foreign Ministers of Fiji since the country gained independence in 1970:[1]

No. Name
(Birth–Death)
Portrait Tenure
1 Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara
(1920–2004)
  1970–1982
2 Mosese Quionibaravi   1982–1983
3 Jonati Mavoa
(1922–1985)
  1983–1985
(1) Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara
(1920–2004)
  1985
4 Semesa Sikivou
(1917–1990)
  1985–1986
(1) Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara
(1920–2004)
  1986–1987
5 Krishna Datt
(b. 1944)
  1987
(1) Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara
(1920–2004)
  1987
6 Filipe Bole
(1936–2019)
  1987–1988
(1) Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara
(1920–2004)
  1988–1992
(6) Filipe Bole
(1936–2019)
  1992–1994
7 Major-General (Rtd)
Sitiveni Rabuka
(b. 1948)
1994
(6) Filipe Bole
(1936–2019)
  1994–1997
8 Berenado Vunibobo
(1932–2015)
  1997–1999
9 Tupeni Baba   1999–2000
10 Kaliopate Tavola
(b. 1946)
  2000–2006
Isikeli Mataitoga
Acting Minister
  2006–2007
11 Brigadier-General (Rtd)
Ratu Epeli Nailatikau
(b. 1941)
  2007–2008
12 Commodore
Frank Bainimarama
(b. 1954)
  2008–2009
(12) 2009
13 Ratu Inoke Kubuabola
(b. 1948)
  2009–2016
(13)
(12) Rear Admiral (Rtd)
Frank Bainimarama
(b. 1954)
  2016–present

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Foreign ministers E-K". rulers.org. B. Schemmel. Retrieved 12 March 2015.