THERE will be no vice-president under the 2013 Constitution.
And under the supreme law, if the President is absent from duty or from Fiji or is, for any other reason, unable to perform the functions of the President or if the Office of the President becomes vacant for any reason, then the functions of the Office of the President shall be performed by the Chief Justice.
Under the 2013 Constitution, the President may be removed from office for inability to perform the functions of office (whether arising from infirmity of body or mind or any other cause) or for misbehaviour, and may not otherwise be removed.
It also states the President shall be appointed by Parliament in accordance with this section.
Under the supreme law, whenever a vacancy arises in the Office of the President, the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition shall nominate one name each to the Speaker who shall put both the names to the floor of Parliament for voting by the members of Parliament.
It also states that the person who receives the support of the majority of the members of Parliament present shall be appointed as President, and the Speaker shall publicly announce the name of the President.
The document also states in the event that both persons nominated receive the same number of votes, the Speaker shall conduct the voting again after 24 hours.
The voting shall continue until such time a person nominated as President receives the support of the majority of the members of Parliament provided, however, that if after three rounds of voting, no person receives the support of the majority of the members of Parliament, then the person nominated by the Prime Minister shall be announced by the Speaker as being appointed as President by Parliament.