9 Nov 2006

Fiji military chief urges PM to change direction

9:24 am on 9 November 2006

The leader of Fiji's military, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has called on the prime minister, Laisenia Qarase to change direction and get rid of those still in government who were involved in the 2000 coup.

The commander says he is not calling on Mr Qarase to resign but he has sent a request to Mr Qarase stating that the military also wants to see the removal of the Reconciliation and Unity bill and the Qoliqoli bill.

Commodore Bainimarama says Mr Qarase has shown poor judgement, including his visits to the jailed mastermind of the November 2000 mutiny.

"The manner in which the government tried to remove me as head of the military forces continues to show the lack of integrity, moral courage and sound judgment which has been the hallmark of Qarase's leadership in the last six years. The fact that he has been regularly visiting a prisoner who was the mastermind of the mutiny of 2000 and the soliciting of advice is additional testimony to this."

Commodore Frank Bainimarama