16 Jan 2014

Bainimarama to step down from Fiji military in March - report

2:54 pm on 16 January 2014

Reports from Fiji say the military commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, will resign in March to contest the election promised for September.

This is being reported by the Fijivillage website, which says he confirmed it to people during the talanoa session in Nakorovatu in the Northern Division.

Commodore Bainimarama, who has been military commander for nearly 15 years, overthrew the elected government in late 2006 and made himself prime minister one month later after the Great Council of Chiefs refused to make him the head of state.

He is expected to form a political party to contest the election - the first since May 2006.

Commodore Bainimarama has said he expects to win.

Fijivillage also reports, the Prime Minister will recommend the name of the new Army Commander to the President for appointment.