25 Sep 2014

Fiji military "relieved" after election

7:19 am on 25 September 2014

The Commander of Fiji's military forces Brigadier General Mosese Tikoitoga says the military is relieved about the transition to an elected government.

He says there was a lot of worry over the election but it turned out to be very peaceful and there's happiness and relief that it's over.

Brigadier General Tikoitoga, who attended the swearing in of cabinet on Wednesday after last week's vote, says there are about a dozen MPs out of the 50 elected who've been in the military.

He says seven are in cabinet.

"That shows the confidence of the Fijian people to work with the military offices and they have done quite a good job in the last eight years and they deserve to be recognised for it. And the Fijian people have recognised them and acknowledged them for it and elected them in and we're very proud as an institution."

Brigadier General Tikoitoga says the military is looking forward to working with the government.

He says the government has the mandate of the people and the military has an obligation to follow the directions of the government.

He says there are many areas where the military will continue to be called on to support the government including peacekeeping, development work, and in alleviating poverty.