Coup in Fiji (?)

12.04.06

At least that’s what appears to be happening:

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – Fiji’s president had dissolved parliament and sanctioned the removal of Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase, New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark said on Tuesday.

“I have been advised this morning that the president of Fiji has acted outside his constitutional powers and supported the removal of the democratic prime minister by the military,” Clark said in a statement to the New Zealand parliament.

I only spent about 3 hours in Nadi’s airport, so I didn’t really get to see anything. But Fiji is full of tourists year-round; it’s one of the most popular vacation spots for Kiwis and even Aussies. It seemed like such a sleepy place; it’s bizarre to think of what it must look like with military roadblocks.

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1 Annmarie 12.09.06 at 6:11 AM

I spent a week there once, coming back from New Zealand.. Even back then it was full of tourists from New Zealand and Australia, a special holiday place for them..I always thought the people of Fiji were very easy going, not war like.. What has happened to them?? Cheers

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