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 vowed that former prime minister Laisenia Qarase would not return to power.
Learn more about the legal and political situation in Fiji following the coup from the JURIST news archive.
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