5 Dec 2006

Fiji's Cabinet to meet today amid continuing threat by military

5:29 am on 5 December 2006

The Fiji cabinet is scheduled to meet today amid a continuing threat by the military to topple the

government elected six months ago.

Yesterday, the army seized all the weapons held by the police and the ministerial bodyguards, saying this was

to prevent dissidents from having access to guns.

Walter Zweifel reports.

"The prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, is to convene his cabinet today as the military commander, Frank"

Bainimarama, in a new show of force has set up unauthorised checkpoints around Suva. A roadblock is in place at Sawani which yesterday prompted Mr Qarase to fly by helicopter from Naitasiri, the home province of the jailed paramount chief Ratu Inoke Takiveikata. Takiveikata, the former vice-president of Mr Qarase's SDL Party, was given a life sentence for inciting the 2000 mutiny aimed at killing the military chief. The province has now come out in support of Mr Qarase and the road block could be to prevent a repeat of 2000 when Naitasiri people wanted to join the

mutineers in the capital. In Suva, I'm Walter Zweifel