Intelligentsiya has learned that Roko Ului (pictured in Fiji Times image) has resigned from the military forces. His wife also reportedly resigned for her post at the Ministry of Health.
The pair has reportedly taken a government vessel to Lakeba in Lau and Roko Ului may be sworn in soon.
Roko Ului, a son of the late Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara who was considered
During the GCC meeting in December when chiefs discussed what position to take on the military coup, Roko Ului, notably, voiced dissenting opinion to that of the majority of the chiefs.
While most chiefs were opposed to any sort of recognition of the military having seized executive control of the country – and of the claim to the presidency by Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama – he maintained the military held the power and that Bainimarama was indeed president.At present the vice presidency is vacant after Bainimarama unceremoniously removed Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi, the Bau high chief and distinguished lawyer, supposedly after he refused to support the army's December 5 takeover and, before that, for refusing to advise President Ratu Josefa Iloilo to dissolve parliament and declare a state of emergency, which presumably the military wanted done.