Bainimarama sworn in as Fiji caretaker PM
Friday, April 10, 2009
Military strongman Voreqe Bainimarama has been reappointed as Fiji's caretaker Prime Minister.
The move comes less than a day after President Josefa Iloilo abrogated the country's constitution in response to a court ruling that the previous military regime was unlawful.
All nine members of the previous interim Cabinet have also been reappointed to their positions.
Bainimarama overthrew the elected government of Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase in a military coup in 2006. He was subsequently appointed interim Prime Minister by President Iloilo. But on Thursday Fiji's Court of Appeal ruled that Qarase's removal and Bainimarama's appointment were unlawful. The court ordered the President to appoint an independent caretaker Prime Minister to dissolve Parliament and call elections.
Iloilo responded by abrogating the constitution, revoking all judicial appointments, and appointing himself head of state.
- "Australia and New Zealand condemn Fiji takeover" — Wikinews, April 10, 2009
- "Fiji's President abrogates constitution" — Wikinews, April 10, 2009
- "Fiji court rules interim regime unlawful" — Wikinews, April 9, 2009
- "Iloilo appoints Bainimarama as caretaker PM" — Fiji Live, April 11, 2009
- "Commodore Bainimarama is interim PM" — Fiji Times, April 11, 2009
- "Bainimarama reinstates interim Cabinet" — Fiji Times, April 11, 2009
- "President abrogates Constitution" — Fiji Times, April 10, 2009