11 Dec 2006

Laisenia Qarase plans to returns to Fiji's capital

6:06 am on 11 December 2006

Fiji's ousted Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase, has said he will return to Suva in the next few days.

He says he has been in constant contact with his minister and other key people and has been assessing

the situation and the opportunities to restore democracy.

With more from Suva, here is Philippa Tolley

"There are no details about exactly when Mr Qarase will return to Suva. But from his home village in the Lau group of islands, he says he fully expects to be taken in and questioned by the military when he arrives. But he says he wants further discussions with the military commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, and the Great Council of Chiefs. Meanwhile as Fiji operates under a state of emergency, the courts will carry on their usual business this morning. A verdict could be delivered in the trail of the former Prime Minister and coup leader, Sitiveni Rabuka. He is facing two charges of inciting a mutinous act in 2000."