27 Apr 2006

Fiji police and military ready to cope with any post-election uprising

9:38 am on 27 April 2006

Fiji police and military say they are ready to tackle any post-election uprising by people unhappy with the results.

The police commissioner, Andrew Hughes, says he has had discussions with the military about the possible scenarios that could arise after the election and the two forces are ready to deal with any unwelcome activities.

Mr Hughes says the bottom line is that everyone must accept that democracy will take its course irrespective of who is elected to form the next government.

He says the days are over when people thought they could take the law into their own hands and get way with it.

The military commander, Commodore Bainimarama, has told the Fiji Sun that they are ready to put nationalist leader Viliame Savu and others like him behind bars if he starts an upheaval.

Mr Savu, who played a key role in overthrowing the Chaudhry government in May 2000 and has already served a sentence for it, is insisting that they will not accept any non-indigenous prime minister after next month's general election.