26 Mar 2010

Fiji interim regime extends emergency rule

7:28 am on 26 March 2010

The Fiji interim regime has extended the Public Emergency Regulation until the end of April.

The one-month extension was signed by the President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau.

The interim regime imposed the emergency rules last 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.