Fiji

Parliament

Political system
Parliamentary system
Structure of parliament
Unicameral
IPU membership
Yes

About parliament

Basic information such as the official name of parliament and details of its structure and leadership. Also includes the current breakdown of MPs by sex and age, and provisions for quotas and reserved seats.

Parliament name
Parliament
Chamber name
Parliament
Structure & status of parliament
Lower chamber
Parliamentary term (years)
4

IPU membership

Affiliation periods
from 1997 to 1999
from 2002 to 2006
from 2015
IPU Geopolitical Group/s
Asia-Pacific Group

Speaker

Official title
Speaker of Parliament
Speaker
Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu (Male)
Date of birth: 23 Oct 1953
Term
24 Dec 2022
Additional information

Although the Speaker is elected among persons who are qualified for election as a member of parliament s/he does not become member of parliament. The Deputy Speaker is, however, elected amongst members of parliament (excluding Ministers).

Speaker terms

No information available

Secretary general

Official title
Secretary General
Secretary General
Jeanette Emberson (Female)
Term
16 Sep 2021
Notes

Appointed on 16 Sep. 2021 for a five-year term.

Members

Statutory number of members
55
Principal mode of designation of members
Directly elected
Directly elected members
55
Current number of members
55
Men
50
Women
5
Percentage of women
9.1%
Population (in thousands)
925
Inhabitants per parliamentarian
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Age

Data on the age of parliamentarians is collected at the start of the legislature, following the most recent elections. This data is not updated during the legislature, except when parliament notifies the IPU of a change in the youngest or oldest member.

Average age of all members
54.3
(2022-12)
Youngest member
Rinesh Sharma (Male)
Youngest member (years)
29
Oldest member
Sitiveni Ligamamada Rabuka (Male)
Oldest member (years)
74
Number of members, by age (2022-12)
Breakdown of members by age and gender
18 - 20 21 - 30 31 - 40 41 - 45 46 - 50 51 - 60 61 - 70 71 - 80 81 - 90 91 and over Totals per gender
Male 0 1 6 3 3 21 13 2 0 0 49
Female 0 0 0 1 2 2 1 0 0 0 6
Totals per age interval 0 1 6 4 5 23 14 2 0 0 55
Total <= 45: 11 Total >= 46: 44
Percentage of members, by age
Age at the last election or renewal Overall Male Female
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger
1.8% 1.8% 0.0%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger
12.7% 13% 0.0%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger
20.0% 18% 1.8%

Reserved seats and quotas

There are reserved seats in parliament for certain groups
No
Electoral quota for women
No
Youth quota
No

Links to additional information

Parliamentary website
List of members
Rules of procedure/Standing Orders
Constitution

Historical data for IPU membership

Historical data for IPU membership
Year IPU membership
2020-09
List of values for 2020-09
No
2019-04
List of values for 2019-04
No
2018-06
List of values for 2018-06
No