THE HON REAR ADMIRAL JOSAIA VOREQE BAINIMARAMA
The Hon Voreqe Bainimarama was sworn in as Prime Minister in September 2014 after the country’s first elections since 2006.
In his political career, Mr Bainimarama acted as President from 2006 – 2007 and Acting Prime Minister from 2007 – 2009.
Mr Bainimarama attended Roman Catholic Marist Brothers High School in Suva, Fiji. From 1975 he pursued a career in the Fijian navy, rising to become Commander (1988), Captain (1994), and Chief of Staff (1998). On March 1, 1999, he was appointed Commodore and Commander of all Fiji’s military forces.
He enlisted into the Royal Fiji Military Forces Naval Division as an Ordinary Seaman on 26 July 1975 and was commissioned from the ranks as an Ensign on 1 November 1977. He attained Second Mate Qualification for the Pacific Island from the Fiji Institute of Technology in 1980 and qualified from the Junior Command and Staff College with the RNZAF in March of 1981. He was promoted Lieutenant In August 1981 before returning to New Zealand to the NBCD Course in October the same year. He qualified in the International Relation Examination in 1981.
Mr Bainimarama attended the Asian Institute of Technology in Disaster Management in 1993 and later attended Exclusive Economic Zone Management Training at the Dalhousie University in Canada. Attended the Australian Joint Services Staff College (JSSC) in the ranking as Captain in 1994.
During the 2000 crisis, Mr Bainimarama assumed Executive control of the nation and was instrumental in the restoration of law and order in the country.
Mr Bainimarama has been honoured with the Meritorious Service Decoration and the Officer of the Order of St John of Jerusalem for outstanding service to the military and Fiji. He also received the Multinational Force and Observers Peacekeeping Medal, the General Service Medal, the Fiji Republic Medal and the Anniversary Medal.
He was born in Suva on 27 April 1954.