Fiji’s Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama says his government is not in a hurry to appoint a new President following the retirement of Ratu Josefa Iloilo from the position last month.
Bainimarama told FijiLive that Vice-President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau is acting as President and “we are not in a hurry to appoint a President yet”.
Reiterating comments made to local media, he said that with the 1997 Constitution abrogated, there was a possibility that anyone could be President.
For now however, the role of acting President was being carried out by Nailatikau, said Bainimarama.
On whether the appointment of a new President would be discussed at tomorrow’s Cabinet meeting, Bainimarama said it would not be.
With the abrogation of the 1997 Constitution in April by Iloilo, the power to appoint the President and Vice-President now lies with the Prime Minister and his Cabinet.
The President is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Fiji Military Forces.
Iloilo, 89, was farewelled by the government on Saturday after 10 years in the position.
He retired from the presidency on July 31.