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List of Fijian Heads of State
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List of Fijian Heads of State

Table of contents
1 Kings (1700s to 1874)
2 British Monarchs (1874 to 1987)
3 Colonial Governors (1874-1970)
4 Governors-General (1970-1987)
5 Presidents (since 1987)

Kings (1700s to 1874)

  1. Nailatikau : ???? - 1770
  2. Banuve : 1770 - February 1803
  3. Naulivou : 21 February 1803 - 1829
  4. Tanoa Visawaqa : 1829 - 1832
  5. Navuaka Komainaqaranikula : 1832 - 1837
  6. Tanoa Visawaqa (Restored) : August 1837 - 1852
  7. Seru Epenisa Cakobau : 8 December 1852 - 10 October 1874 (ceded Fiji to the United Kingdom)

British Monarchs (1874 to 1987)

From
1874 to 1987, the British Monarch was Fiji's formal Head of State.

  1. Victoria : 1874 - 1901
  2. Edward VII : 1901 - 1910
  3. George V : 1910 - 1936
  4. Edward VIII : 1936
  5. George VI : 1936 - 1952
  6. Elizabeth II : 1952 - 15 October 1987

†Abdicated following military coup and proclamation of Republic.

Colonial Governors (1874-1970)

Fiji was a British Crown Colony from 1874 to 1970. Although the British Monarch was the Head of State, in practice his or her functions were exercised in Fiji by the colonial Governor, who acted on instructions from the British government in London.

Governors-General (1970-1987)

Fiji became an independent Dominion within the British Commonwealth on October 10 1970. The office of Governor was renamed Governor-General; the only change of function was that the Governor-General acted on the advice of the Fijian, rather than the British, government.

Presidents (since 1987)

Fiji became a republic in 1987, upon the abdication of Queen Elizabeth II following two military coups. The last Governor General, Ratu Sir Penaia Ganilau, became the first President.

  1. Sitiveni Rabuka (interim) : 7 October 1987 to 5 December 1987
  2. Ratu Sir Penaia Ganilau : 5 December 1987 - 15 December 1993
  3. Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara : 16 December 1993 - 29 May 2000
  4. Major General Frank Bainimarama (interim) : 29 May 2000 to 13 July 2000
  5. Ratu Josefa Iloilo : 13 July 2000-present

† died in office ‡ deposed