17 Oct 2006

Fiji's military warns government to change or resign

7:38 am on 17 October 2006

Fiji's military has warned the Qarase government to drop its controversial policies such as the Qoliqoli and the Reconciliation and Unity bills, or resign.

The military commander, Commodore Bainimarama, who is touring his troops in the Middle East, has told the Fiji Times they do not need any special powers to demand that the government resign.

Commodore Bainimarama says the military does not have to take over because they will just walk into the prime minister's office and demand his resignation.

He says there is nothing illegal about this and if the people want them to do this, they will do it.

Commodore Bainimarama says the country is crying out for justice and if the government cannot provide good governance, all they have to do is resign and let other people move the country forward.

Another senior military officer revealed the government has been given three weeks from yesterday to change policies or go.