1 Dec 2006

Fiji NGO's comdemn attempts to unlawfilly remove government

11:39 am on 1 December 2006

The Fiji Women's Rights Movement and the Pacific Centre for Public Integrity has condemned any attempts to unlawfully remove Fiji's democratically elected government.

This follows threats by Commodore Frank Bainimarama to remove the government by this afternoon if prime minister Laisenia Qarase does not comply with his demands.

The executive director of the Fiji Women's Rights Movement, Virisila Buadromo, says the organisations will only acknowledge and accept a democratically elected government and will reject any unlawful regime.

She says the rule of law must be maintained.

Ms Buadromo says this is a critical time in Fiji's history, where the leadership of both the government and the military have the opportunity to show the rule of law is paramount and the people will not be bullied at gunpoint.