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Commodore Bainimarama is currently in the Middle East. (File photo)

Commodore Bainimarama is currently in the Middle East. (File photo) (Reuters)

Fiji PM meets security chiefs amid coup fears

Fijian Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase reportedly met his security chiefs this morning after yesterday's failed bid to sack the country's military commander.

The meeting came amid claims that Mr Qarase told President Josefa Iloilo that the Government would resign if Commodore Frank Bainimarama were not removed.

Commodore Bainimarama is currently in the Middle East inspecting Fijian peacekeeping troops.

He has called for the Government to step down after the failed attempt to replace him.

Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer says there is a real risk of a coup in the Pacific nation.

He says it would be deeply regrettable if the military tried to overthrow the democratically elected Fijian Government, but preparations in place for such an event.

"We do have some warships being prepared, obviously there could be evacuation of Australians to be handled," he said.

"We want to make sure that in the event of there being a coup and there being a deteriorating security situation in Fiji, we have the capacity to be able to look after Australians so our warships are being prepared."




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