5 Oct 2007

Fiji military approves lifting of emergency regulations

10:54 am on 5 October 2007

Fiji's military council has given its approval to the interim administration for the removal of the Public Emergency Regulations.

The military spokesman, Lt Col Mosese Tikoitoga, has told the Fijilive news website that they have given their recommendation to the administration but the final decision depends on the interim prime minister, Commodore Bainimarama.

The regulations were re-activated for 30 days a months ago on the return of Laisenia Qarase to Suva because the interim administration judged his statements to be a threat to national security which would destabilize the country.

Tourism industry representatives and business groups have been calling for the emergency regulations to be lifted, saying it would be good for the economy.