11 Apr 2007

Fiji's Great Council of Chiefs expected to endorse nomination of vice-president

3:27 pm on 11 April 2007

Fiji's Great Council of Chiefs, the GCC, is expected to endorse the president's nomination for vice president, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau.

The president, Ratu Josefa Iloilo, presented his nomination at a GCC meeting today although the information is yet to be officially released.

The position became vacant after the former vice-president, Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi, resigned in December when the military staged a coup.

Our correspondent, Shiu Singh, says Ratu Epeli, who was a former speaker of parliament and is the current interim foreign minister, is unlikely to face any challenges.

"The chairman of the Great Council of Chiefs, Ratu Ovini Bokini, urged the chiefs to endorse the president's choice, saying that would show unity among the chiefs of Fiji. The former president of the Methodist church, Ratu Isireli Caucau, also urged the chiefs to endorse the president's choice so it is unlikely that the nomination will face any difficulties."

Shiu Singh.