29 Jan 2010

Fiji emergency regulation extended

6:24 pm on 29 January 2010

The Fiji interim regiome has extended the Public Emergency Regulation for another 30 days effective from February the 1st.

The extension was signed off by the President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau.

The interim regime imposed the emergency rules in April when the constitution was abrogated after a court found that the Bainimarama interim government was illegal.

Under the regulations, police, military and public servants have the powers to stop events they deem to be a threat to the country's security.

The interim regime has said once a new Media Decree has been released, the emergency regulations can be lifted.

The regime has, however, already banned the annual Methodist Church conference for the next four years.