27 Feb 2014

Reasons for military handover delay in Fiji seen as valid

2:38 pm on 27 February 2014

An academic says news that the handover to a new military commander in Fiji has been postponed due to the weather is plausible and expects things will unfold quickly next week.

The Fiji military says tomorrow's scheduled Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces Handover Parade has been postponed, citing adverse weather.

Last month, Commodore Frank Bainimarama said he would step down to launch a political party.

The regime is yet to announce his successor but his brother-in-law and former navy commander, Francis Kean, is said to be in contention.

Dr Steven Ratuva, from the University of Auckland, says he believes the appointment is a formality, adding that Mr Kean wouldn't be popular because he served a jail sentence after killing a guest at a Bainimarama family wedding in late 2006.

"If it's true then there will certainly be questions raised by members of the public in relation to his background, also in relation to the closeness between the two."

Dr Steven Ratuva.

The information ministry has given no new date for the handover parade.