26 Jan 2010

Fiji interim regime says no delay for 2014 elections

12:47 pm on 26 January 2010

Fiji's interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, says there will be no delay in elections now scheduled for 2014.

Radio Fiji reports that he made the commitment in Kadavu where traditional leaders are reported to have asked him to rule beyond 2014 if what they term developments have not been completed by then.

The interim leader says by 2014 politicians should be ready to take over but he has warned that the military will ensure that any elected government stays on the same track.

Radio Fiji says he told public servants the country will now be run by his government and no other institution, such as the Methodist Church or the Great Council of Chiefs.

Last year, Commodore Bainimarama reneged on a promise to relinquish power by holding elections, which led to Fiji being suspended from the Pacific Islands Forum.