15 Dec 2004

Fiji military says it will not change its role or stance in the current political climate

11:24 am on 15 December 2004

Fiji's military says its role and stance in the current political climate will not change if there is a change in the home affairs minister.

The Daily Post says the military commander, Commodore Bainimarama, has made it clear that it is of utmost importance that the military is seen to be doing what is morally right.

Speaking through his spokesman, Captain Leweni, Commodore Bainimarama says the military has noted with interest the candidates who are aspiring for the job of the current home affairs minister, Joketani Cokanasiga

He says the appointment has generated a lot of interest in the corridors of power.

The prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, said last week the military had continued to step out of their area of responsibility and the home affairs portfolio might be given to another minister.

At the weekend, Mr Cokanasiga defended the military commander, saying Commodore Bainimarama had the right to see President Iloilo directly on matters of national security because the president was the commander-in-chief.