7 Oct 2014

Fiji Speaker election a win for women

9:14 pm on 7 October 2014

The Speaker of Fiji's new parliament says her election is an achievement for women in the country.

Dr Jiko Luveni -- who was a minister in the interim government that took over in 2006 -- took the Speaker's chair at the first session of parliament on Monday.

Dr Luveni says the first sitting was a very moving and humbling experience, particularly as it marked a return to Parliamentary democracy for Fiji.

She says she is honoured to be elected as the Speaker which was made possible by support of male colleagues.

"The appointment really showed that men have recognised womens potentially, particularly to hold a position of Speaker is usually dedicated to senior and experienced parlimentarians. So I have a task I must perform to the best of my ability "

Fiji's Speaker of Parliament, Dr Jiko Luveni

Fiji's Speaker, Dr Jiko Luveni Photo: Fiji Department of Information

Dr Luveni says she felt a spirit of unity at the first sitting of parliament.

The leader of Fiji's Sodelpa party, Ro Teimumu Kepa, has been elected as the Leader of Opposition.

The opposition, which includes the National Federation Party, holds 18 seats.