Fiji Elects Pro-Bitcoin Prime Minister: Crypto Adoption in the Pacific Heats Up

• Lord Fusitu’a, a Tongan noble and former member of the Tongan parliament, announced that Fiji has elected a new pro-Bitcoin prime minister.
• Sitiveni Rabuka was elected as the new prime minister at the head of a three-party coalition government on December 24.
• Lord Fusitu’a previously held a half-hour phone call with Sitiveni Rabuka to give him advice on how to begin BTC mining based on renewable energy and the best path for adoption for Fiji.

The Pacific Islands are set to create a buzz in the Bitcoin community in the coming year with news that Fiji has elected a new pro-Bitcoin prime minister. Lord Fusitu’a, a Tongan noble and former member of the Tongan parliament, made the announcement on Twitter. In his post, he congratulated Sitiveni Rabuka and his GOPAC Fiji’s Biman Prasad on their election as Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of Fiji respectively.

On December 24, Prime Minister Rabuka was elected at the head of a three-party coalition government. Fijian voters expressed their desire for change by ousting the FijiFirst government of Frank Bainimarama after two terms in office. As prime minister, Rabuka will be responsible for foreign affairs, climate change, environment, public service, information, and public enterprises, and heads a cabinet consisting of 19 ministers and 10 deputy ministers.

Lord Fusitu’a previously held a half-hour phone call with Sitiveni Rabuka to give him advice on how to begin BTC mining based on renewable energy and the best path for adoption for Fiji. He also suggested the potential of making Bitcoin legal tender in the Pacific in 2023.

This move should be seen as a positive step towards the adoption of cryptocurrency in the Pacific Islands. It will help bring more investment and greater financial freedom to the region, while also creating more opportunities for businesses by opening up new markets.

The news of the election of a pro-Bitcoin prime minister in Fiji is likely to spur other Pacific nations to follow suit in the coming years. The Bitcoin community should watch closely to see how the situation develops, and which other Pacific nations will adopt cryptocurrency in the future.