20 Oct 2015

Fiji readmitted to Inter-Parliamentary Union

12:42 pm on 20 October 2015

Fiji has been re-admitted to a global parliamentary organisation, the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

fiji flag at parliament

Photo: RNZI/ Sally Round

Fiji was expelled from the IPU in 2007 after parliament was dissolved following the 2006 coup.

It was formally readmitted at the opening session of the IPU's 133rd Assembly in Geneva on Sunday just over a year after the first elections since the coup.

The IPU says Fiji's readmission is a significant step forward in ongoing efforts to cement democracy in the country and in IPU's engagement with parliaments from Pacific Ocean Island nations.

Its president Saber Chowdhury says it will allow Fijians a voice in international decision-making through their elected representatives.

Fiji first joined the organisation in 1997.