10 Jan 2006

Fiji politicians berate military commander for 'takeover' threat

11:12 am on 10 January 2006

Political parties and civil society groups in Fiji have reacted angrily to a threat by the military commander to take over the government.

Commodore Bainimarama has issued a statement saying the military would not hesitate to move in if the government fails to bring to justice those responsible for the coup and mutinies of 2000.

The Fiji Sun quotes the president of the National Federation Party, Raman Pratap Singh, as saying that the NFP is totally against a coup and the government should take heed of the threat.

The general secretary of the ruling SDL party, Jale Baba, says the police and the director of public prosecutions are doing their work and if the commander thinks he can do a better job, he should join a political party.

The general secretary of the Fijian Political Party or SVT, Ema Druavesi, says the party supports the stand taken by Commodore Bainimarama in relation to the coup investigations and the nation looks to the military for stability.

The Citizens Constitutional Forum says it does not condone threats made by anyone to take over the government except through the ballot box.

But its executive director, the Rev Aquila Yabaki, says the CCF finds it hard to support the current government given its history of disrespect for the rule of law.