13 Oct 2014

Role of military debated in Fiji Parliament

7:35 pm on 13 October 2014

The role of the military has come under debate in Fji's parliament as the Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama, paid tribute to the military for standing by him as commander.

FBC News reports Mr Bainimarama telling parliament that history will eventually make its own pronouncements of the 2006 coup, but the military could not stand by and watch Fiji be destroyed by corruption and nepotism.

He said that the military he led came to the conclusion that the fabric of the nation was unraveling and that nobody wanted to remove elected citizens, saying he had no choice but to undertake what he called radical intervention.

However, the opposition leader Ro Teimumu Kepa said the military's been involved in every coup in Fiji's history, and called on the new commander to return it to a professional and disciplined force committed to the defence of the people and not against them.