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The Parliament of Fiji

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Published: February 24, 2015 10:18 am

The Parliament of FijiThe parliament of Fiji is the unicameral legislature of the Republic of the Fiji. The parliament comprises 50 members elected by open-list proportional representation in one multi-member nationwide constituency. Fiji’s parliament was previously bicameral, and consisted of the Senate and the House of Representatives. The House of Representatives had 71 members, 25 of which were elected by universal suffrage. The remaining 46 constituencies were reserved for Fiji’s ethnic communities and were elected from communal electoral rolls: 23 Fijians, 19 Indo-Fijians, one Rotuman, and three “general electors” (Europeans, Chinese, and other minorities). The upper chamber of the parliament – the Senate – had 32 members formally appointed by the President on the nomination of the Great Council of Chiefs (14), the Prime Minister (nine), the Leader of the Opposition (eight), and the Rotuman Islands Council (one). The Senate was less powerful than the House of Representatives and could not initiate legislation, although it could reject or amend it.

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