14 Jul 2011

Fiji regime replaces elected Lau council head

8:05 am on 14 July 2011

Fiji's interim regime says the new head of Lau's Provincial Council was replaced because she didn't want to work with the Government.

Adi Ateca Ganilau, who was elected on Tuesday, spoke out against the interim regime and has been replaced by the interim education minister, Filipe Bole.

Adi Ateca is the daughter of former Fiji prime minister, the late Sir Kamasese Mara.

She is also the sister of Ratu Tevita Mara who recently fled Fiji for Tonga on sedition charges, and is married to the former minister of defence, Ratu Epeli Ganilau.

The Commissioner Eastern, Lieutenant Colonel Neumi Leweni, says at the end of the council meeting Adi Ateca made statements disagreeing with government policy.

"When you disagree with government policies and all the developments that the government wants to establish, you're actually indicating you're not willing to work with [the] government."

Lieutenant Colonel Neumi Leweni.