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Academic dies, 77

Thursday, March 13, 2008

FORMER University of the South Pacific academic and politician Professor Asesela Ravuvu died on Tuesday night. He was 77.

Professor Ravuvus son, Josese Ravuvu, said his father was sick but may have died from old age at his Nadera home in Nasinu.

Professor Ravuvu will be buried at his village Nakorosule, Naitasiri, on Saturday.

He was the Director of Pacific Studies at the University of the South Pacific and was appointed to the Fijian Senate by the Great Council of Chiefs.

As of September 2005 , he held the position of Leader of the House in the Senate, but retired in 2006. He was well known for his controversial views, which have offended both Fijian chiefs and Indo-Fijians.