7 Jan 2011

Fiji regime says emergency rules needed to stop dirty politicians

4:08 pm on 7 January 2011

Fiji's interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has justified the regime's continued use of Public Emergency Regulations which were imposed 21 months ago.

Speaking to FBC News, he says the provisions are still in place to stop anyone, especially dirty politicians, who seek to jeopardise the work of government.

Commodore Bainimarama didin't name any of the politicians.

He says his reforms are solely for the betterment of the country and its people.

This week marks Commodore Bainimarama's fourth year as interim prime minister.

He succeeded Dr Jona Senilagakali when the military formed its second interim administration after vetting 400 applications for interim ministerial posts.