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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Fijian president suspended constitution
Clay Flaherty at 12:00 AM ET

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. Bainimarama had been appointed to that position following a coup. This constitutional suspension caused an uproar in the international community, with both the Pacific Islands Forum and the Commonwealth of Nations suspending the country's membership.

Fijian coat of arms

Learn more about the controversy surrounding the Fijian government from the JURIST news archive.

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