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The World

September 25, 1987

Fiji's military strongman, Lt. Col. Sitiveni Rabuka, said the army had reassumed control of the government of the South Pacific country, the Australian Associated Press reported. Under a plan announced Wednesday, Fiji's rival political parties were to have had equal representation in a caretaker government headed by Governor General Penaia Ganilau. The move was aimed at taking the South Pacific island nation forward after months of racial and constitutional crisis since a coup toppled the government of Prime Minister Timoci Bavadra in May. But militant Fijians said the caretaker proposal was unworkable. Attempts to contact Fiji, located about 1,500 miles from Australia, by telephone were unsuccessful.

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