November 21, 1987 |
Fiji's new government said Friday that it reduced the size of the armed forces almost by half and that soldiers no longer would patrol the streets, as they have since the Sept. 25 coup. The demobilization of 2,000 troops brings the size of Fiji's military to about 3,000 men. A statement by the army-controlled Ministry of Information gave no details. Coup leader Sitiveni Rabuka earlier pledged to reduce the size of the force by getting rid of reservists.
June 5, 2000 |
Talks to free 30 politicians being held hostage by Fijian nationalist rebels were on hold again today because of a "misunderstanding" between the rebels and Fiji's military government. The military said the rebels had not appreciated that it had made its final offer; rebel leader George Speight said the problem was minor and that talks should resume later in the day. Both called the interruption a misunderstanding. A military spokesman also said he expected the talks to resume later today.
July 14, 2000 |
Captors tearfully hugged captives in an emotional end Thursday to a two-month parliamentary hostage crisis that inflamed ethnic tensions in Fiji and ravaged the South Pacific nation's crucial tourist industry. Hours after the release of the last 18 hostages seized by rebels May 19, the Great Council of Chiefs--Fiji's traditional power--elected Ratu Josefa Iloilo as the country's president. Iloilo was rebel leader George Speight's handpicked nominee.
July 27, 2000 |
At least one person was reported killed today as Fiji's military began a crackdown on supporters of rebel leader George Speight after his arrest on suspicion of arms offenses. Speight, who toppled Fiji's elected government in a two-month hostage standoff, was arrested Wednesday by the military. Troops then stormed a school in a suburb of Suva, the capital, where more than 350 Speight supporters have been camped for more than a week.
March 8, 2001
Fiji's military-backed, post-coup government tendered its resignation after a court declared it illegal, leaving the country's future in the hands of the president and its influential Great Council of Chiefs. Fiji's political future now rests with President Josefa Iloilo and the council, which consists of traditional indigenous rulers, who meet today. The council appoints the president and vice president.
August 2, 2000 |
Rebel leader George Speight has been charged with a series of criminal offenses and is being investigated for treason, police said Tuesday. The charges mean Speight is likely to be brought from an island prison to face a court in Suva, the capital, although a date for a hearing has not been set. Police official Moses Driver said Speight and several key supporters had been charged with offenses under emergency decrees in place in Fiji.