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Ousted Fiji Commander Now Envoy to Britain

February 16, 1988|From Reuters

SUVA, Fiji — This South Pacific republic Monday appointed as its first ambassador to Britain a brigadier who was ousted as chief of the armed forces in a military coup in May.

Brigadier Ratu Epeli Nailatikau was in Australia on May 14 when Lt. Col. Sitiveni Rabuka, then No. 3 in the armed forces hierarchy, stormed Parliament to depose the elected government.

Rabuka, now a brigadier, assumed command of the armed forces on the day of the May coup. Nailatikau was retired and has been unemployed for the past nine months.

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