January 2, 2012
by John Paul Putney
Fiji's military ruler, Commodore Josaia Voreqe "Frank" Bainimarama announced Sunday that the nation's state of emergency laws will be lifted this week to facilitate a nationwide consultation process for a new constitution. The announcement was cautiously welcomed by longtime regional critics, ...[read more]
October 9, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On October 9, 2008, the Fiji High Court dismissed a legal challenge to the country's 2006 coup which ousted former prime minister Laisenia Qarase and established the authority of Fijian President Ratu Josefa Iloilo. The lawsuit was originally brought by Qarase in October 2007. He also made claims ...[read more]
April 10, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On April 10, 2009, Fijian President Ratu Josefa Iloilo suspended the Constitution and revoked the appointment of all judicial officers, following a ruling from the Fiji Court of Appeal that declared Iloilo's appointment of Commodore Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama as prime minister unconstitutional. ...[read more]
December 6, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On December 6, 2006, Fiji military commander Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama declared a state of emergency, appointing a new prime minister and head of police in the South Pacific island nation after overthrowing the government in a military coup. Bainimarama later dismissed criticism of the coup and ...[read more]
October 3, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
Fijian opposition leader Mahendra Chaudry was arrested by military authorities Friday for allegedly holding public meetings in violation of regulations imposed by the military government of Prime Minister Commodore Josaia Voreqe "Frank" Bainimarama. Chaudry, a former prime minister who lost power ...[read more]
March 6, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
The Fiji High Court sentenced eight men to prison terms ranging from three to seven years for plotting the assassination of the leader of the country's military government on Friday. The sentencing judge, Justice Paul Madigan chastised the men for their greed and racial motivations in the plot ...[read more]
September 2, 2009
by Steve Czajkowski
The Commonwealth of Nations on Tuesday suspended the island nation of Fiji from its organization because it failed to meet the September 1 deadline for reinstating a constitutional democracy and opening a national dialogue following its December 2006 military coup. Commonwealth Secretary-General ...[read more]
July 1, 2009
by Andrew Morgan
Fijian Prime Minister Commodore Josaia Voreqe Frank Bainimarama on Wednesday announced plans to establish a new constitution by September 2013. Bainimarama said that the new constitution would be in place at least one year prior to the elections planned for September 2014 to allow the pu... ...[read more]
May 26, 2009
by Andrew Morgan
Representatives of the New Zealand Law Society (NZLS) and the Law Council of Australia (LCA) said Monday that the Fijian government's plan to take over the issuance of legal licenses threatens to disrupt the rule of law in the country. In a decree issued Friday, the government of Fijian Prime ...[read more]
April 16, 2009
by Andrew Morgan
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Wednesday urged Fijian President Ratu Josefa Iloilo to reinstate dismissed judges and lift media restrictions imposed after Iloilo suspended the country's constitution. Pillay said that the 5-year interim government declared by Iloilo and ...[read more]

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