FIJI GOVERNMENT TO END STATE OF EMERGENCY

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SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, May 31) - Fiji’s Interim Government has decided not to extend the Public Emergency Regulations, which expire at midnight.

At a press conference in Suva this evening, Interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama said the decision was taken following an assessment of the national security situation by the army, police and Home Affairs Ministry.

The Public Emergency Regulations (PER), which has been extended on a monthly basis since the beginning of the year ends at midnight.

Bainimarama said though that all the laws including the Public Order Act would remain in place.

He said anyone found inciting violence; racial antagonism, disturbing public peace or publishing false reports or news will be investigated and charged.

The Interim Government had given an undertaking to the European Union last month that it would lift the PER subject to several conditions.

It was one of the commitments to ensure the restoration of democracy, which could see the EU lifting a ban on development assistance worth FJ$350 million [US$215 million] to Fiji.

The ban was imposed after the December 2006 coup led by Bainimarama.

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