Fijian military warns against rebel government
Suva, Dec 13 (IANS) The Fijian military, which seized power in a coup last week, says it has intelligence reports that deposed Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase and his advisers are planning to set up a de facto government in western Fiji and has warned people not to support the move.
"The military will not allow any form of government anywhere," army commander, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, told a press conference.
"I appeal to all of you not to allow yourself to be used. You will only put yourself in harm's way," he added.
"People like Qarase are nothing but selfish people whose only interest is to further their own agenda rather than the interest of the nation," Bainimarama said.
He said none of the interim government ministers would be allowed to contest the next general election, reported the online edition of Fiji Live newspaper.
Meanwhile, Qarase who spent much of last week in his island home in Mavana, Lau, plans to return to Suva in the next few days.
Qarase said that majority of the Fijian population want democracy restored.