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Fiji coup leader announces emergency

india Updated: Dec 08, 2006 11:28 IST

Fiji's military commander Voreqe Bainimarama has declared a state of emergency after taking over the government, the ministry of information said on Wednesday.

The state of emergency took effect from late on Tuesday after Bainimarama announced he was taking control of the country, marking the country's fourth coup in two decades.

"I have with much reluctance assumed executive authority of the country and henceforth declared a state of emergency," Bainimarama said in the declaration.

The provisions of the declaration by Bainimarama, the head of the interim military government, was in line with his statement on Tuesday in which he said he was taking over from Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase's government.

"The primary objective of the interim military government is to take the country towards good governance, rid us of corruption and bad practices and at the same time promote the well-being of Fiji and its people at the earliest possible opportunity," Bainimarama said.

He said a two-tier cordon would be placed around the greater Suva area and that curfews could be imposed if needed.