THE HON SITIVENI RABUKA
Sitiveni Ligamamada Rabuka was elected Prime Minister of Fiji on the floor of Fiji’s parliament on 24 December 2022 following the country’s general elections 10 days earlier.
He became Fiji’s 7th elected Prime Minister, but the first to be elected in parliament.
He is the first elected leader to serve twice in the high office since independence from the United Kingdom in 1970.
He first served as Prime Minister of Fiji for seven years between 1992 and 1999, having served earlier as Co-Deputy Prime Minister with the late Mr Josevata Kamikamica in the interim government of the late Prime Minister, Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara from 1991 to 1992.
He hails from the village of Drekeniwai, in the district of Navatu in the province of Cakaudrove, located on Fiji’s second largest island of Vanua Levu in the north of the country. He was born in Cakaudrove and completed his intermediate education in Bucalevu, on the island of Taveuni.
Prime Minister Rabuka was accepted into the prestigious Queen Victoria School (QVS), located on Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu, in the north-eastern province of Tailevu. He excelled in sports, donning the school colours in athletics, cricket, hockey and rugby union. He was elected Head Prefect in his final year at QVS in 1967.
He then joined the Fiji Military Forces where he retired as Major General 23 years later.
He holds a Masters Degree in Military Science from Madras University in India in 1979, and a Honorary Doctorate from the Central Queensland University in 1998.
Not only did he serve as Deputy Prime Minister (1991–1992) and Prime Minister (1992–1999), he also assumed high profile roles as the Commonwealth Secretary General’s Special Envoy in Solomon islands (1999 – 2000), Chairman of Fiji’s Great Council of Chiefs (1999- 2001), Chairman of Cakaudrove Provincial Council (2001 – 2009), Chairman of Cakaudrove Provincial Holdings Company Limited and Leader of Opposition (Nov 2018 – Dec 2020).