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Military Leader Installs Government

World IN BRIEF / FIJI

July 04, 2000|From Times Wire Reports

An all-Fijian temporary government was sworn in in defiance of hostage-takers who are holding 27 members of the ousted, Indian-led government at gunpoint in Parliament. Banking executive Laisenia Qarase became prime minister in an appointment that provoked the anger of the rebels, who had demanded a role in naming any new government. Armed clashes later broke out between Fiji's military and supporters of rebel leader George Speight. Rebels and witnesses said five people were injured.

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