4 Dec 2006

Fiji public service commission says it is taking orders from civilian government

11:38 am on 4 December 2006

Fiji's Public Service Commission says it doesn't anticipate taking orders from the country's military anytime soon.

A second deadline for the government to meet demands and avoid a threatened military coup passed this morning without incident.

But Fiji's army chief, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, says the military is likely to force the government to step aside today.

Fiji's Public Service Commission says its still taking its orders from the civilian government.

And its chairman Stuart Huggett says if the military were to take power, setting up an interim government would prove difficult.

"Signing up for their interim government is like signing up for a jail term. I can't believe anyone in their right mind would actually do that and the sort of people who might do that are not the sort of people one would want to have running a government."

Stuart Huggett says 20 thousand public servants are expected to show up for work today despite the coup threat.