Fiji president revokes constitution, bans elections to 2014

April 10th, 2009 - 7:34 am ICT by IANS  

Wellington, April 10 (DPA) Fijian President Ratu Josefa Iloilo, whose military government has been declared illegal by the Court of Appeal, revoked the constitution Friday and sacked the country’s judges, according to reports from the capital Suva.
He decreed that fresh elections will not be held for five years.

In an address to the nation, Iloilo appointed himself head of state and said he would appoint a new judiciary and a new interim government to rule until elections are held by September 2014, the independent website Fijilive reported.

Three judges of the Court of Appeal ruled Thursday that the government established by military strongman Voreqe Bainimarama after a bloodless coup in December 2006 was unlawfully appointed, and the president should appoint an independent caretaker prime minister to dissolve Parliament and call a general election.

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