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Ratu Josefa Iloilo Biography
Ratu Josefa Iloilo Uluivuda (born December 29, 1920) is the President of Fiji.

He was vice-president under Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara when Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry's government was overthrown by George Speight in the Fiji coup of 2000. He then became President after the hostage crisis was dealt with in July 2000.

Originally widely thought of as a stooge of the military, Iloilo has since won widespread respect among Fiji's diverse ethnic communities owing to his efforts to find, or even make, common ground among them. He has refused to intervene directly in the disputes among politicians, but has quietly reached out to disaffected factions, including the Indo-Fijian community. He is admired for his success in persuading the military to allow a return to democracy in 2001.
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