October 13, 2015•by Arunsathyan
Fiji's parliament has elected Jioji
Konrote as the Pacific island country's
next president. In the presidential
election held in parliament, Konrote,
nominated by the ruling FijiFirst party,
garnered 31 votes, while the
opposition's candidate Ratu Epeli
Ganilau received 14 votes.
Who is Konrote?
Konrote, a retired major general,
joined the Republic of Fiji Military
Forces in 1966.
He has had long, dedicated and
distinguished career serving Fiji as a
military officer, an international
peacekeeper and a senior civil
servant and diplomat.
Konrote served as the permanent
secretary for home affairs and
He also served as Fiji's high
commissioner to the Commonwealth
of Australia and ambassador to
In 2006, Konrote was elected as a
member of parliament and served as
the minister for state for immigration
In the current government led by
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama,
Konrote served as the minister for
employment, productivity and