Fiji's new democratically elected government has been sworn in during the first parliamentary sitting since the military coup of 2006.
The 50 members of parliament pledged allegiance to the Republic of Fiji and took oaths promising to uphold Fiji's constitution and defend the rights of its people,
Attorney-general and finance minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the live streaming of the ceremony and parliamentary proceedings set a new level of transparency and would keep MPs accountable.
The president of the ruling Fiji First party, Dr Jiko Luveni, was elected speaker.
She told the new parliament it was a great honour.
"This appointment marks an important event, being the first female speaker in the history of Fiji," she said to applause.
"I hope this will go a long way to inspire all our young women to reach their full potential even perhaps by pursuing a political career."
Fiji First, the party of prime minister Frank Bainimarama, holds 32 seats in the 50-seat chamber.
Social Democratic Liberal Party (SOLDELPA) leader Ro Teimumu Kepa was formally elected as opposition leader.
There were no other nominations.
UNDP training for new MPs
The United Nations Development Program has been helping Fijian MPs prepare for the new sitting of parliament.
The UNDP's parliamentary development specialist Dyfan Jones told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat most of the MPs sworn in today had not previously been in parliament, and they had been enthusiastic about learning about parliamentary procedures.
"There was a very exciting election campaign," he said.
"And now the MPs have been returned, I think they're very much looking forward, on the government side, to implementing their manifesto and their agenda, and on the opposition side to holding the government to account."
Mr Jones said the initial training was only the start of a long-term assistance program.
"In November, the parliament will need to consider the country's budget and approve that budget before the end of the year," he said.
"And then I'm sure next year there'll be quite a full legislative program where MPs will require ongoing support during the legislative process, both in terms of passing laws but also in terms of holding government to account."
SOURCE: ABC News, October 7th 2014: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-10-06/fiji-swears-in-new-government/5792834