30 Aug 2005

Fiji government senator calls for army commander to step down

3:18 pm on 30 August 2005

Fiji government senator, Apisai Tora, is calling on the military commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, to step down as head of the military.

Mr Tora says the commander should go because he's bringing disrepute to the once proud military.

The senator made the call in the wake of revelations by the commander that Mr Tora had asked him to help oust president Ratu Josefa Iloilo just a week after he'd taken office during the 2000 coup.

Mr Tora denies this and says he's speaking out against the commander because others might be afraid to but he isn't.

The senator says continuous outbursts by the commander against the Reconciliation, Truth and Unity Bill are unnecessary because his job is to listen to the government.

Mr Tora says Commodore Bainimarama should resign for the betterment of the military.

A military spokesman says the army is not against the government and that most of what they did was in favour of it.