14 Dec 2004

Fiji's military warns pro-coup elements not to try to influence choice of vice president

8:14 am on 14 December 2004

Fiji's military has warned pro-coup elements in the country's Great Council of Chiefs not to intimidate President Iloilo in his nomination of a vice president.

The warning comes ahead of tomorrow's meeting of the Great Council where the president will present his choice of a vice president for their approval.

Some chiefs have threatened to oppose the nomination if they believe it has been influenced by the military.

The chiefs, who do not want to be named, say this will amount to a vote of no confidence in President Iloilo and force him to resign.

But the military spokesman, Captain Neumi Leweni, says the army will stand by its commander-in-chief and will not allow these pro-coup chiefs to intimidate the President Iloilo.

The military's concerns stem from its belief that the new vice president could become the next president and its commander-in-chief.