26 Aug 2009

Fiji regime again puts off naming of president

9:33 am on 26 August 2009

Fiji's interim regime has again failed to name a new president as it had announced earlier this month.

The interim cabinet was to make a decision yesterday but put off naming a successor to Ratu Josefa Iloilo who resigned last month.

The interim cabinet has declined to say who it plans to choose for the position, and it has not moved to quell speculation that the military commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, may again assume the role of head of state as he did for several weeks after the 2006 coup.

In April, Ratu Josefa abolished the Great Council of Chiefs as part of his declaration that he had abrogated the constitution, which prompted the interim regime to claim that it had become the body to choose a head of state.

Under the new order, the regime choice for president is to be approved by the chief justice.

The presidency is currently being filled by the vice-president, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau.