7 Nov 2006

Fiji army commander due to go public tomorrow

8:05 pm on 7 November 2006

The head of the Fiji military, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, is expected to speak publicly tomorrow for the first time since he returned to Fiji last Saturday.

The commander, who faces the possibility of charges of sedition over his comments against the government, has so far refused to meet the police commissioner, Andrew Hughes, despite requests for one on one discussions.

The military has today called for Mr Hughes to step aside which he is refusing to do.

The army spokesman, Captain Neumi Leweni, also confirmed that Commodore Bainimarama is yet to hold a meeting with the prime minister, Laisenia Qarase.

However, the two are expected to attend an emergency session of the Great Council of Chiefs on Thursday.

There is no information as to what issues the military commander will address when he speaks publicly nor any comment on why he isn't meeting either the prime minister or the police commissioner before the media conference.