7 Feb 2011

Former Fiji president dies

6:13 am on 7 February 2011

The former president of Fiji, Ratu Josefa Iloilo Uluivuda, has died. He was 91.

Ratu Iloilo was vice president in May 2000 when the Government of Mahendra Chaudhry was overthrown by a coup led by George Speight.

He became president after the military took power in July, was deposed in the 2006 coup led by Commodore Frank Bainimarama but restored to the presidency the following year.

When the Court of Appeal in 2009 ruled the interim government led by Commodore Bainimarama was illegal, Ratu Iloilo abrogated the constitution, sacked the judges and reinstated the Commodore as prime minister.

He retired in August 2009.