13 Jul 2011

Fiji regime replaces Lau council head one day after election

1:23 pm on 13 July 2011

The woman elected yesterday to head the Lau Provincial Council in Fiji has been removed from the position after an outburst against the interim government.

Adi Ateca Ganilau has been replaced by the interim education minister, Filipe Bole.

FBC News reports the interim government asked the council meeting to reconsider her leadership.

The Commissioner Eastern, Lieutenant Colonel Neumi Leweni, says the government made it clear that assistance to the province and the people of Lau would continue and not be affected - but they would not be able to work with Adi Ateca after the comments she made.

He says the outburst showed Adi Ateca is not willing to work with government.