Friday, April 10, 2009

Fijian Presidency Ruled Illegal by High Court

Fiji's Government Declared Illegal

Al Jazeera — A court in Fiji has declared the country's military government illegal and ordered fresh elections to be held immediately.
The high court move is a blow to Commodore Frank Bainimarama, who seized power three years ago in a military coup and installed himself as prime minister.
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Ban Ki-moon urges calm in Fiji following court ruling

The Hindu — United Nations (PTI): UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appealed people of Fiji to remain calm following the ruling by the Court of Appeal that the December 2006 removal of the elected Government was unlawful and the appointment of the interim Government unconstitutional.
Ban "urges full respect for human rights, the rule of law and the judicial process," his spokesperson said in a statement.
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Fiji’s President Fires Judges, Assumes All Powers After Ruling

Bloomberg — Fiji’s President Josefa Iloilo fired the country’s judges and assumed all powers after a court ruled the military government is illegal, armed forces spokesman Major Neumi Leweni said.
Iloilo announced today in a nationally broadcast radio address he had abrogated the constitution and revoked all judicial appointments, Leweni said by telephone from the capital, Suva. Iloilo said Fiji will hold elections in 2014.
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