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By Leone Cabenatabua

SUVA, Fiji (FijiSUN, Jan. 6) - Advisers in the Ministry of Home Affairs have been identified by army commander Voreqe Bainimarama as the people behind moves to have him removed.

He said yesterday that the military was adamant that plans by the same people to influence President Ratu Josefa Iloilo’s decision would not work.

Speaking to the FijiSUN yesterday afternoon, Bainimarama, said Ratu Iloilo would not be easily swayed because he also received security advice from the military.

"This is because the military is also providing Ratu Iloilo security advice and that is why any moves in trying to mislead him will fail," he said. "That is why it is very important for these government advisers to know that, and they should refrain from any of their sinister moves. It happened last year when these advisers tried to influence the President in reducing the sentences for the perpetrators of the May 2000 crisis."

Bainimarama said it was these same people who were now trying to oust him when his contract expires next month.

"I want to make it clear that the army has no problem whatsoever with the government of the day, but we do have problems with these advisers at the Ministry of Home Affairs. My advice to these advisers is to shut up because they are not politicians, but civil servants." 

He said he believes moves were underway to appoint a foreigner to lead the military.

"The Minister for Home Affairs should come out with it," he said.

January 6, 2004



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