Monday, December 04, 2006

Coup D'etat in Fiji

As I often do late at night if I'm working, I listen to the "Today" show on BBC Radio 4 - an absolutely excellent program. On one segment this evening (morning in the UK), one of the hosts interviewed the prime minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark, regarding the recent Coup D'etat in Fiji.

The army chief, Frank Bainimarama, said in a nationally televised broadcast that he was taking control because the current government had become exceedingly corrupt. While this is probably true, it's still sad to see a democratically elected government removed in this way. Fiji's Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase was under house arrest and had asked Australia for military support but Aussie PM John Howard said he was not getting involved in the internal machinations of Fiji.

Let's hope this all gets resolved peacefully.

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