Flame of young democracy

Speaker Ratu Epeli Nailatikau with President Ratu Wiliame Katonivere after the opening of Parliament yesterday - November 22, 2021.Picture: Parliament of Fiji

Ratu Wiliame Katonivere says while he is the youngest person to become President, he has been in leadership long enough “to see the difference between the genuine democracy we share today and past systems that fell short of delivering true equality for our people”.

While opening the 2021-2022 session of Parliament yesterday, he said he would “protect the flame of young democracy from any and all who seek to extinguish it, for personal or political purposes”.

Ratu Wiliame said he would use his leadership to support the highest possible functioning of the State and the
work of the executive to realise the objectives of Fiji’s Constitution.

“I thank the members of Parliament for their vote of confidence in me to assume this high office, and to my immediate predecessor, His Excellency Major-General Jioji Konusi Konrote,” he said.

“The democracy created under our Fijian Constitution will wither with our complacency, but comes alive with the
public’s participation, as do its values and principles.

“So, wherever you are watching, listening to, or reading this address, I thank you for your participation in the vital
national business of our democracy.”

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