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Fiji military regime reimposes emergency

Fiji's military regime has reintroduced emergency regulations for a month following the return of deposed PM Laisenai Qarase.

world Updated: Sep 07, 2007 11:39 IST

Fiji's military regime has reintroduced emergency regulations for a month following the return of deposed Prime Minister Laisenai Qarase to the capital Suva for the first time since December's coup.

The leader of the coup, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, said the reimposition of emergency regulations is aimed at Qarase and the director of his political party, ABC reported on Thursday.

Commodore Bainimarama said if the two men continue to make allegations against the military they will be returned by plane to exile on remote islands.

The emergency legislation is aimed at blocking a political comeback by Qarase as Commodore Bainimarama claims the deposed leader has been spreading lies about his military-backed regime and destabilising the country's progress since his return to Suva at the weekend.

Interim Prime Minister Bainimarama told the FijiLive website he has decided to re-impose a state of emergency from midday local time.

He has warned Qarase that he will be forcibly taken back to his home island in the Lau group if he continues to speak out against the interim government.

For his part Qarase has denied he has causing trouble but said he will not be intimidated by such threats.

Meanwhile, Australian Government said the re-introduction of emergency rule in Fiji shows the military regime cannot run the country.

According to Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer, the move demonstrates that the military chief, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, does not understand the political process.

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