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President Konrote appointed as Colonel of the Regiment of the 1st FIR

President Konrote appointed as Colonel of the Regiment of the 1st FIR

By Iva Danford
Monday 17/08/2020
President Jioji Konrote appointed the Colonel of the Regiment of the First Battalion, Fiji Infantry Regiment. [Image: Fijian Government]

President Jioji Konrote has been appointed as the Colonel of the Regiment of the First Battalion, Fiji Infantry Regiment.

While speaking after the ceremony, Konrote says he has got big shoes to fill.

Konrote says he was honored to be appointed into this role.

The President also gave the history of the Regiment and he says the younger generation will benefit from it.

Konrote was also accorded the 100 men Guard of Honor.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, the Leader of Opposition Sitiveni Rabuka, Speaker of Parliament Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, the Commander of the RFMF Viliama Naupoto, Acting Police Commissioner Rusiate Tudravu, the Acting Chief of Staff of the RFMF John Fox, the Director General for National Security and Defence Council Secretariat Jone Kalouniwai and the Minister for Defence, Inia Seruiratu also attended the event at the State House today .

The Colonel of the Regiment was inherited from the Commonwealth.

It is an honorary appointment given to retired former officers who presently take an active interest in the welfare of his/her regiment.

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