18 May 2004

Fiji's SVT says government trying to remove Bainimarama

10:30 am on 18 May 2004

The Fijian political party, the SVT, says yesterday's National Security Council meeting was another move by the Qarase government to remove the military commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama.

The council met to discuss allegations that Commodore Bainimarama had planned to take over the government if his term was not renewed to enable him to pursue the military's investigations in the coup and the army mutiny.

The SVT spokesperson, Ema Druavesi, has told the Fiji Sun that the National Security Council meeting was unwarranted and uncalled for.

Mrs Druavesi says it's well known that the government is not happy with Commodore Bainimarama's insistence on the prosecution of all those involved in the coup and the mutiny.

She says these include people who are serving as ministers in the government and its appointees in the Senate.

Mrs Druavesi says Commodore Bainimarama was not given a fair deal, as he was absent from yesterday's meeting.

A full cabinet meeting today will decide on how the government will deal with the allegations against the commander.