Fiji's President Ratu Josefa Iloilo has reappointed military head
Commodore Frank Bainimarama as caretaker prime minister, ensuring the
military retains control over the nation despite a court ruling to the
News reports say Mr. Bainimarama is expected to appoint his Cabinet later Saturday.
latest upheaval started on Thursday with an appeals court ruling that
the military government, established by coup in 2006, was illegal. The
move prompted Mr. Bainimarama to announce his resignation from the
prime minister's post.
Friday, President Iloilo abolished the
national constitution and appointed himself "head of state in the new
order." He assumed all governing powers and fired the country's
judges. He also declared a state of emergency that allows the
government to monitor and censor media reports and broadens the powers
of the police.
Fiji has remained calm despite the political turmoil.
Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has issued a statement saying he
deplores abolition of the constitution and dismissal of the judiciary.
He has called for restoration of what he called "a legitimate
government and constitutional order."
The United States has
called on Fiji to take steps to return to democracy, as agreed in a
regional forum. Leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum have called on
Fiji to set an election date by May.
community has long urged Fiji to restore democracy and hold elections.
But Mr. Bainimarama had said electoral and constitutional reforms were
Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.