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September 23, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
Rival political parties agreed Tuesday to form a caretaker Fiji government to work toward restoring democracy in this South Pacific island nation. The agreement followed four rounds of talks between the Indian-dominated coalition parties of deposed Prime Minister Timoci Bavadra and the Fijian-supported Alliance Party of Kamisese Mara.
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September 5, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A former Fijian prime minister and the coup leader who drove him from office won seats in Parliament, according to election results today, in a vote aimed at restoring democracy to the troubled South Pacific nation. Mahendra Chaudhry, who was Fiji's first ethnic Indian prime minister, won his district in the Indian stronghold in the west, election officials said. George Speight also won a seat in the legislature, 16 months after he overthrew the nation's democratically elected government.
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June 19, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Rebel leader George Speight said he would accept the appointment of ethnic Indians to the country's next government, giving new hope for an end soon to Fiji's government hostage crisis. Heading into a new round of talks with Fiji's military rulers about the makeup of an interim administration, Speight said it was possible that ethnic Indians could be included in the appointments made by a new president. "If that is the case we will accept it," Speight told reporters.
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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.
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November 21, 1987 | Associated Press
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.
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June 5, 2000 | From Reuters
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.
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July 14, 2000 | From Associated Press
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.
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July 27, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
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.
NEWS
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.
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August 2, 2000 | From Reuters
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.
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March 1, 2001 | Associated Press
Fiji's appeals court ruled today that the military-backed government installed after a coup is illegal and must return power to the country's democratically elected Parliament. The court said President Josefa Iloilo must reconvene the legislature and step down by March 15. It said Parliament had never been formally dissolved and the country's constitution remains in effect. If accepted by Fiji's leaders, the ruling clears the way for the return of democratic rule to the nation.
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August 2, 2000 | From Reuters
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.
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July 28, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Fiji's president swore in a new Cabinet today, moving to restore calm in the South Pacific nation, which has been in turmoil since a May 19 coup. The government, led by Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase, took office two days after coup leader George Speight was arrested and a day after the military said he might face treason charges. Qarase has pledged to strengthen the indigenous Fijians' grip on power--the key demand of the coup plotters.
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July 27, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
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.
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July 20, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
The democratically elected government toppled during Fiji's two-month hostage crisis met to discuss setting up a new state in the western part of the country, Fiji radio said. The meeting came a day after coup leader George Speight reportedly forced a delay in installing Fiji's new Cabinet, which raised concerns about a return to unrest.
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July 15, 2000 | Associated Press
The rebels who ousted this Pacific nation's elected leadership turned in their weapons Friday with a Fijian flourish: swapping whale's teeth and asking for forgiveness a day after they ended an 8-week-old hostage crisis. Businessman George Speight and his rebels--all ethnic Fijians--stormed Parliament on May 19 and seized dozens of members of the government.
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June 30, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Gunmen holding 27 government hostages briefly detained 16 journalists after Fiji's military rulers spoke of plans to cut water, electricity and telephone lines to the besieged parliamentary compound. Guards armed with machine guns stopped the journalists from leaving the compound, where the hostages, including deposed Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry, are being held.
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June 1, 2000 | From Associated Press
Stymied in attempts to free hostages held inside Parliament, Fiji's new military ruler said Wednesday that it might be years before democratic elections could be held. The military leader, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, accused rebel leader George Speight of dodging talks on releasing the captives held for two weeks. "They keep avoiding the issue," Bainimarama said. But Bainimarama ruled out force to end the standoff, saying, "We have to think of the lives of the hostages."
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July 14, 2000 | From Associated Press
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.
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July 10, 2000 | Reuters
Rebels and the military signed an accord Sunday aimed at ending a seven-week crisis and paving the way for the release of Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry and 26 other political hostages, the military government said. The military said it would allow rebel leader George Speight and his cohorts to have some influence in choosing a new administration in exchange for the release of the hostages Thursday.
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