President launches parliament proceedings

Update: 1:21PM PRESIDENT Ratu Epeli Nailatikau delivered his opening address of the first Parliament sitting this morning.

“We gather together as a nation today to mark a momentous occasion – the launch of our new democracy,” Ratu Epeli said.

“Forty-four years after independence, Fiji has finally held a general election based on the genuine democratic principle of equal votes of equal value.

“And the Fijian people have chosen you the 50 members of our new parliament to represent them and serve their interests over the next four years.”

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