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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Bainimarama name Fiji’s interim-govt new Prime Minister.

Fiji army commander Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has appointed retired Fiji army doctor Dr Jona Baravilalala Senilagakali as the caretaker Prime Minister to facilitate the dissolution of Parliament.Bainimarama announced he was being appointed under Section 109 (2) of the Constitution.
Following the dissolution of Parliament, an announcement will be made, regarding the formation of a caretaker or interim government to steer Fiji," he said.

All ministers from the Qarase Government have been given one month to vacate their Government quarters and return all government property in their possession. Bainimarama said they will be paid one month's severance pay.

He said there was no intention to arrest the ministers.
"We only ask that they lead their daily lives and not interfere in the process that is now taking place." Bainimarama has ruled out an election any time soon.
"After a proper census and electoral system is in place, the caretaker government will facilitate democratic national elections as provided for under our Constitution," he said.

"When the country is stable and the electoral rolls and other machineries of elections have been properly reviewed and amended, elections will be held.
"We trust that the new government will lead us into peace and prosperity and mend the ever widening racial divide that currently besets our multicultural nation."

Soure:Pacific Islands Report.

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