29 Oct 2009

Date of Nailatikau swearing-in as Fiji president to be decided next week

4:31 pm on 29 October 2009

Fiji's former military commander and parliamentary speaker, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, is to be the country's new president.

A spokesman for the interim regime has confirmed that Ratu Epeli was appointed earlier this week.

Megan Whelan has more.

"Lieutenant Colonel Neumi Leweni says Ratu Epeli Nailatikau is yet to be sworn in as Fiji's head of state. He says a decision on when that ceremony will be held will be made by cabinet on Tuesday next week. The Fiji government website makes no mention of the decision. Ratu Epeli succeeds Ratu Josefa Iloilo who retired three months ago. He was made vice president last April, and became acting president when Ratu Josefa retired. Ratu Epeli spent 20 years in the military and was minister of foreign affairs in the interim regime."