BAINIMARAMA SWORN IN AS INTERIM PRIME MINISTER

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Jan. 5) – Fiji President Ratu Josefa Iloilo today swore in the head of Fiji's military, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, as Interim Prime Minister.

Senior military officers and members of the media witnessed the event at Government House (FT11am), which was broadcasted live on local radio stations.

Commodore Bainimarama is expected to deliver his National Address as Interim PM later this afternoon at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks officers mess.

Members of the Interim Government are also expected to be sworn in soon.

Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama will remain Fiji's army commander although he will be sworn in today as Interim Prime Minister.

Navy captain and military chief of staff Esala Teleni, however, will handle operations at the army camp.

"That is the reason why Teleni was formally appointed Deputy Commander earlier this week," said an insider.

Commodore Bainimarama will be sworn in by Ratu Iloilo at Government House today.

Commodore Bainimarama handed back executive authority to Ratu Iloilo yesterday, a month after he ousted Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase and his SDL Government.

Ratu Iloilo said he was going to announce an interim government after consultations with "capable people".

Commodore Bainimarama, who took control of the country in a bloodless coup on December 5, handed over executive authority to Ratu Josefa yesterday.

Ratu Josefa thanked the army chief and the Fiji Military Forces for handing back all his executive powers.

He said it was now necessary to move on, look ahead and take steps to enforce a genuine democracy.

Ratu Josefa said he was going to announce an interim government after consultations with capable people.

Caretaker Prime Minister Dr Jona Senilagakali resigned yesterday morning a month after being sworn in by Commodore Bainimarama.

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