11 Feb 2010

Reports Fiji's interim PM Bainimarama says he'll retire in 2014

12:22 pm on 11 February 2010

Fiji's interim Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama is reported to have announced that he will retire in 2014.

The reports are being denied by Fiji's Permanent Secretary for Information, Lieutenant Colonel Neumi Leweni.

But the Fiji Times and the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation are both reporting that Commodore Bainimarama made the statement while visiting the village of Dawadamu in the province of Ra.

The interim Prime Minister seized power in the 2006 coup and has set 2014 as a date to hold elections.

The reports say he called on villagers in Dawadamu to support the government that will come into power in 2014 in the same manner he had been received.

Commodore Bainimarama said he was pleased the province had changed its stance to support him, recalling how the military was stopped from entering the province two years ago.

He said the tour of the province was not a vote-buying exercise.