1 Oct 2007

Fiji interim attorney-general rejects claims of militarisation of Civil Service

11:22 am on 1 October 2007


Fiji's interim attorney-general, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum insists preparations are underway for the country's elections.

A speech to the United Nations by the coup leader and interim prime minister Frank Bainimarama has been criticised as painting a selective and misleading picture of the situation in Fiji.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum told Radio New Zealand a census has now been completed and preparations are underway for the appointment of an electoral administration.

He also rejected suggestions that Fiji's administration has become militarised.

"Of course there is no doubt that some military personell have applied for jobs within the various Civil Service departments and they have been given jobs. The have resigned from their respective positions in the military. That has happened in the past but it is not a militarisation of Fiji's administration.