Defiant Fiji military gives up on government
Although fears of a fourth military coup in Fiji in two decades have eased, tensions remain high.india Updated: Nov 11, 2006 12:24 IST
Hopes in Fiji that defiant military leader Voreqe Bainimarama will bury the hatchet with Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase appear dashed with the military saying it has "given up" on the government.
A recording of Bainimarama's closed door address on Friday to Fiji's Great Council of Chiefs (GCC) revealed the military leader denouncing the Prime Minister's leadership and policies.
"Mr Prime Minister, we've had enough of your lies," Bainimarama told Qarase at the meeting, according to a copy of the recording received by the agency.
The emergency meeting of the Pacific island nation's traditional leaders was called in an attempt to broker a settlement between Bainimarama and Qarase.
Although fears of a fourth military coup in Fiji in two decades have eased, tensions remain high.
The military commander has kept up his verbal assaults on the premier, but backed away from threats to force him and the government from office, accusing them of lies and corruption.
In his address on Saturday, Bainimarama said he was "alarmed" by an announcement from the Prime Minister that he would not withdraw two pieces of legislation that the military wants expunged.
"This action by the Prime Minister tells the military that the Prime Minister has given up on us," Bainimarama said.
"On the same token, we want to tell you Mr Prime Minister that we've also given up on you."
Qarase, who left the meeting chamber 10 minutes after Bainimarama, has not spoken publicly about the harsh attack.
First Published: Nov 11, 2006 12:24 IST