19 Dec 2006

Fiji's military coup makers still a week or two from naming interim adminstration

8:08 pm on 19 December 2006

Fiji's military says it still has no definite timetable for appointing an interim administration.

The caretaker Prime Minister, Dr Jona Senilagakali, has already said he does not expect to be in the position by the end of the year.

The deadline for applications following an advertisement for jobs in the interim administration passed a week ago.

But the military spokesman, Major Neumi Leweni, says it is important the hundreds of applications are looked at closely:

"We really need to look at the application properly, so there is really not a need to rush the process. We will actually conduct it very carefully so it will probably be just another week or two."

The military spokesman, Major Neumi Leweni.

At least four cabinet ministers in Fiji's deposed Qarase government are reported to have applied for jobs in the military's proposed interim regime.

The military council is planning to directly appoint interim finance and foreign affairs ministers.