18 Nov 2010

Resignation of Fiji's Ganilau signals instability within regime says academic

11:38 am on 18 November 2010

A former military land commander in Fiji says the resignation of the Acting Prime Minister and defence minister Ratu Epeli Ganilau is a signal of increasing instability within the interim regime.

Jone Baledrokadroka now an academic in Canberra says the timing of the resignation while Commodore Frank Bainimarama is in China is ominous.

"It is quite disconcerting I suppose for the people of Fiji when you have an illegal prime minister out of the country and the acting prime minister was told to act on his behalf jumped ship. So, I mean it doesn't show stability as far as the regime is concerned and it leaves the country with a leader and at the moment you have a acting, acting prime minister, which is Joketani Cokanasiga."

Jone Baledrokadroka says he has heard Commodore Bainimarama collapsed at the Airport in Fiji as he left for China and confirmed the Commodore has a long standing heart condition.

He says it could be time for the Great Council of Chiefs and NGOs to push for early democratic elections.