Prime Minister Mark Brown with former prime minister and Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General Henry Puna. Photo: SUPPLIED/20061610
Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown has welcomed new Fiji Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka and the recently elected government of Fiji that was sworn in on Christmas Eve.
Rabuka, the leader of People’s Alliance Party, formed
a coalition government with National Federation Party and kingmaker Social
Democratic Liberal Party to end Frank Bainimarama’s FijiFirst government’s
16-year reign – .
Brown says he will look forward to meeting Prime
Minister Rabuka early in the new year, to transition the chairmanship of the
Pacific Islands Forum as efficiently as possible.
He says he is looking forward to working with him for
the betterment of the region.
Forum Secretary-General and former Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna has
congratulated new Fiji Prime Minister Hon Sitiveni Rabuka on his appointment as
Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji.
a statement, Puna said he also congratulated the successful appointment of his
Cabinet, in line with the agreement reached by the coalition of political
parties who now form Fiji’s government.
the home of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, the affairs of the people
and government of Fiji are close to the hearts of many of our Secretariat staff
and families,” said Puna.
congratulate the people of Fiji for the peaceful observance of its democratic
and constitutional processes which has resulted in the appointment of its Prime
and we stand as the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat committed to the ongoing
service towards the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific, and to the service to the
people and leaders of our Forum family.
acknowledge the distinguished tenure of the Hon Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama,
including his leadership as the Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum. I look
forward to working with Prime Minister Rabuka and his Government as they
continue Fiji’s role as Forum Chair.
and most importantly, I extend seasons blessings to the people of Fiji and
their newly-elected Parliamentarians, and to the Prime Minister as he confirms
has come through a general election and its subsequent Parliamentary milestone
and can now fully enjoy the full measure of this festive season.
you for upholding the values of peace and goodwill as we, together, look
forward to working towards a productive and successful 2023.”
FROM CHARLES DAKULIGA, SECRETARY OF THE Friends of
Fiji (Cook Islands) Incorporated
Friends of Fiji (Cook Islands) Incorporated is
delighted with the new Fiji Coalition government sworn in on Christmas Eve. FOF
been very supportive of the People’s Alliance Party and its manifesto. Amongst
which is the restructuring of the public service and removal of short term
contracts for civil servants, the bringing back of the GCC and the return of
all military personnel back to the barracks instead of being security details
for the government.
FOF share the sentiments of renowned Fiji nationals that the new
government should let due process take its course and not indulge in any witch
hunting (targeted prosecutions) otherwise the new government will be no
different from the 2 men regime that led the country in the last 16 years.
We’re also happy that freedom of expression and
association will be returned to the people of Fiji as fear mongering has been
witted out! FOF looks forward to the new government working with the government
of CI for the interests of Fiji foreign workers ~ END