8 Dec 2006

Fiji's military regime struggles to find the money to pay for its government's operation

2:40 pm on 8 December 2006

Fiji's coup makers are faced with financial challenges on the first day of the caretaker prime minister, Dr

Jona Senilagakali, working out of the office in Government Buildings.

This comes as the military is hunting finance ministry officials to authorise the release of public funds.

Walter Zweifel reports from Suva.

"The military is confident it will be able to detain the finance ministry's CEO, Paula Uluinaceva, who has"

gone into hiding. In the days before the military takeover, he is reported to have signed documents aimed at limiting the government ministries' access to funds. Local media reports say the instructions were issued four days before the military ousted the government. The acting prime minister, Dr Jona Senilagakali, arrived at the Government Buildings today to resume his work from the offices previously used by Laisenia Qarase. Fiji keeps being ruled by a military council as applicants are being sought for ministerial jobs that were to be advertised in the media. The chiefs keep refusing to approve the military take-over, while Mr Qarase says he is considering retirement.