FIJI PARTY BACKS BAINIMARAMA ON ‘UNITY’ BILL

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SUVA, Fiji (FijiSUN, July 18) – Fiji’s Soqosoqo ni Vakavulewa ni Taukei party has urged the country’s military commander not to be bothered by the threats of insubordination leveled at him by the government.

Party secretary Ema Druavesi said the military’s campaign fo public awareness on the government’s controversial "unity" bill is well-founded.

"The noble intention with which the military has undertaken the task should be supported by every right-thinking individual for the stability of the nation rests on the shoulders of our security forces whose powers under the rule law is being threatened if the Bill is passed," she said.

"The SVT calls on the military to stand united for a common and noble cause. We condemn the dictatorial manipulation of the rule of law, justice and freedom and the concerns of the attempt through the Bill to legally abuse the constitutionality of the President’s Office, police, judiciary and the military."

[PIR editor’s note: Fiji military chief, Commodore Frank Bainimaram, has defied the government of Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase by openly campaigning against the passage of the bill, which would allow amnesty for coup-related crimes.]

July 19, 2005

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