15 Jul 2009

Don't read blogs, says Fiji military leader

3:11 pm on 15 July 2009

Fiji's interim Prime Minister has dismissed claims that there's been a change in the military leadership.

A Fiji military spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Neumi Leweni, denied internet reports that Colonel Pita Driti and Colonel Roko Ului Mara had taken over the military's leadership from Commodore Frank Bainimarama.

The reports were carried by blogs, which have gained a media role amid the continued censorship imposed as part of the emergency regulations.

Commodore Bainimarama has told Auckland's Radio Tarana the claims are a non-issue.

"Reading into blogsites is not doing anybody any good. It is a waste of time, people who read it have nothing else to do, nothing good. Whoever is reading blogsites would get stirred and they get depressed and that's the whole purpose of them. My advice is, don't read blogsites."

Commodore Frank Bainimarama