I support army takeover: Iloilo
support army takeover: Iloilo
Fiji's President Ratu Josefa
Iloilo said he backs the military's takeover of the Qarase government saying it
January 04, 2007
"I would have done exactly what the commander of the Republic of Fiji Military
Forces, Commodore Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama did since it was necessary to do so
at that time," said Ratu Iloilo in a national address at 4pm (FT) today.
"These actions were also valid in law.
"Therefore I fully endorse the actions of the commander and the RFMF in acting
in the interest of the nation and in upholding the Constitution.
"I thank him and his men and women for having the courage to step in. And for
handing back all my executive powers.
"I thank the civil service, judiciary, the Police, the Judiciary and other governmental
institution institutions in remaining faithfully at their posts".
Ratu Iloilo said that the events since the takeover of Prime Minister Laisenia
Qarase and his Government on December 5, 2006 have been trying.
"In particular in early December we were at cross roads
at which hard and decisive decisions needed to be made.
"I was unable to fully
perform my duties as I was prevented from doing so. I do not wish to elaborate
further on this point but I can state that they were predominantly cultural.".
Ratu Iloilo called on all citizens to go about their normal business.
He said it was necessary to move on to a genuine democracy.
Ratu Iloilo also appealed to overseas governments and international organisations
to recognise Fiji's needs and find a Fiji-based solution whilst upholding the
He said that he will first consult with some "capable people" before announcing
an interim government to take Fiji to the next election.