UK looks forward to working with PM

UK Foreign Affairs Minister Hugo Swire has welcomed the appointment of Fiji’s Prime Minister following the first parliamentary election in eight years. Mr Swire congratulated Rear Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama who took the oath of office on Monday before the President of Fiji, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau.

“I warmly congratulate Prime Minister Bainimarama and the FijiFirst party on winning an historic election,” Mr Swire said.

“For the first time since 2006, the Fijian people have freely chosen their government and the UK looks forward to working with the newly-elected Prime Minister in the coming months.”

He said he welcomed the significant first step on the road to a fully democratic Fiji, hoping last week’s election and new parliament would be the beginning of further positive changes to come.

“We await the next crucial few weeks and hope to see Fiji fully embracing all aspects of democracy, such as more media freedom.”

Mr Swire also acknowledged the work of the multinational observers for their work during the election.

“Their neutral presence and objective expertise was welcomed by the people of Fiji and contributed significantly to public confidence in the election process.”