Jioji Konrote elected as Fiji’s next president

Suva, Oct 12 (IANS) Fiji’s parliament on Monday elected Jioji Konousi Konrote, the minister for employment, productivity and industrial relations as the Pacific island country’s next president.

In the presidential election held in parliament, Konrote, nominated by the ruling FijiFirst party, garnered 31 votes, while the opposition’s candidate Ratu Epeli Ganilau received 14 votes, Xinhua reported.

As per Fiji’s constitution, the prime minister and leader of the opposition each submit a presidential candidate to the speaker of parliament, who then announces the nominees to MPs before the parliament decides on the Pacific island country’s next president with a majority vote.

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