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Pioneering doctor sworn in as interim Fiji PM

1715 FJT
Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Update: 5.15PM The former President of the Fiji Medical Association, Dr Jona Senilagakali has been sworn in as interim Prime Minister by the army commander Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, who has taken executive control of the country.

Dr Senilagakali, a respected medical practitioner, was sworn in the presence of senior military officers and a military council that is advising Commodore Bainimarama.

The interim Prime Minister is also the current head of the military's hospital.

Dr Senilagakali was recently honoured by the International Biographical Centre, in Cambridge, England, which awarded him with the IBC Achievement Award in recognition for his outstanding contribution to health services in Fiji.

He hails from Lakeba in the Lau Group and is married with five children and five grandchildren and received his secondary school education at Queen Victoria School.

Dr Senilagakali's children include the former Dean of the Fiji School of Medicine, Dr Wame Baravilala.

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