9 Apr 2009

Fiji interim regime, now declared unlawful, plans to appeal its demise

4:49 pm on 9 April 2009

The Fiji interim government says it will appeal a court decision that ruled that its appointment was unlawful.

It also says it is disappointed that the court did not grant a stay against the orders.

The court of appeal ruled that the interim government led by Commodore Frank Bainimarama was unlawfully appointed two years ago and that the President needs to appoint an independent caretaker Prime Minister to arrange general elections.

The interim attorney general, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, says the ruling essentially means President Ratu Josefa Iloilo needs to pull a name out of a hat to be Prime Minister.

"It's well and OK to say that the appointments were invalid and it's well and OK to say appoint a third person. But what happens to the state of Fiji in the meantime and what we were trying to do was to reason with the court as far as the stay application was concerned, was to say, look, we are going to appeal, but in the meantime grant a stay, because people are coming to the country, various orders need to be signed, people are catching buses, the courts need to function."

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says the caretaker Prime Minister will need to be someone of calibre, and those people are not just lying around in the street.