May 1, 2009

Fiji certain to be suspended from forum

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FIJI’S suspension from the Pacific Islands Forum and the Commonwealth is a certainty with the military government ruling out any elections this year.

In an interview with Australia’s Sky News, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama also announced that the 30-day emergency laws would be extended.

Bainimarama’s declaration defies today’s deadline for the country’s suspension from the 16-nation Pacific Island’s Forum.

Earlier, New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully said if Fiji did not announce democratic elections by May 1, it would automatically trigger suspension from the important South Pacific bloc.

McCully said he expected other bodies – the 53-nation Commonwealth, the United Nations and European Union (EU) – to follow the forum’s lead and move to further isolate Fiji.  fiji uncensored


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