21 Dec 2006

Fiji's Great Council of Chiefs to consider immunity demand from military

10:24 am on 21 December 2006

Fiji's Great Council of chiefs will decide today whether it will recommend immunity for the military commander, Commodore Bainimarama, and his troops for staging the December 5th coup.

In return, the military will hand over executive authority to the deposed president, Ratu Josefa Iloilo, and allow a civilian Interim Government of National Unity to be appointed.

The ousted prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, would be required to resign.

It's been confirmed that the chiefs discussed these proposals yesterday but no resolution was reached.

The ousted chief executive of the Fijian Affairs Board, Adi Litia Qionibaravi, who is acting as the general secretary to the Chiefs' meeting, says the proposals are a way out of the crisis.

But, she says, at the end of the day the decision would have to come from the chiefs themselves when they meet for the second day today.

Meanwhile, the military says it will continue with its clean up campaign of the previous government and its associated arms and enterprises.

The Fiji Times quotes the military spokesman, Major Neumi Leweni, as saying last night that the chiefs' meeting is irrelevant to their clean up.