10 Jan 2006

Fiji government considers security measures after military commander's threat

11:10 am on 10 January 2006

The Fiji government will consider further tightening security around its ministers and officials following a threat by the military commander to take over government.

The Daily Post quotes the home affairs minister, Josefa Vosanibola, as saying the issue of security will be discussed after the vice president, Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi, meets with the military commander this week.

Meanwhile the prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, has ordered all his ministers and senior officials to refrain from making public comments on the stand-off between the government and the military and its latest threat.

The order has been issued in a circular signed on behalf of Mr Qarase by the chief executive of his Office, Jioji Kotobalavu.

It says the only minister who may be allowed to comment is the one for home affairs whose responsibilities include the military.

It says any other public comment would be the sole responsibility of the prime minister.