Fiji braces for Tropical Cyclone Evan

SUVA, Fiji, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Residents of Fiji were warned Friday to get ready for Tropical Cyclone Evan, which killed at least two people when it slammed into Samoa.

Fiji government limits free expression

SUVA, Fiji, March 6 (UPI) -- Three months after Fiji lifted emergency laws, critics say its military dictatorship limits free expression and gives wide powers to police and the military.

Fiji ends martial law

SUVA, Fiji, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Fiji's military leaders Saturday lifted a state of martial law in the country that had been in place since 2009, but imposed other regulations and restrictions.

Commonwealth suspends Fiji over election

SUVA, Fiji, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- The Commonwealth has made good on its threat to suspended Fiji over the military junta's election plans and lack of progress towards democracy.

Fijian economy suffering during turmoil

SUVA, Fiji, April 15 (UPI) -- Fiji's already weak economy has worsened since military chief Commodore Frank Bainimarama was installed as prime minister last week, analysts say.

Fiji coup leader restored to power

SUVA, Fiji, April 11 (UPI) -- Fiji's military leader, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has been restored to power after a court ruled his government was illegal, observers said.

Fiji struggles with rain-driven flooding

SUVA, Fiji, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Four days of rain and flooding forced the evacuation of as many as 9,000 people in Fiji and at least seven deaths, federal officials said.

Australia denies plotting against Fiji

SYDNEY, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Australian Foreign Minister Alexander has denied suggestions Australia is involved in a plot to kill the rebel leader of Fiji, Frank Bainimarama.

Fiji to return to democracy in 2009

SYDNEY, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- The military leader of Fiji has agreed to have elections in early 2009.

Fiji expels New Zealand high commissioner

CANBERRA, Australia, June 14 (UPI) -- New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark condemned a decision by Fiji to expel her country's high commissioner, Michael Green.

Fiji coup leader blasts Australia

SUVA, Australia, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Fijian military coup leader Commodore Frank Bainimarama Monday criticized Australia for interference in Fiji's affairs.

Fiji suspended from commonwealth

LONDON, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Fiji's fourth military coup in 20 years has resulted in its suspension from the Commonwealth, it was reported in London Friday. The bloodless coup earlier this week wrested power from its democratically-elected government with Commander Frank Bainimarama

Fijian coup leader declares emergency

SUVA, Fiji, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Fijian coup leader Commodore Frank Bainimarama has proclaimed a state of emergency in the Pacific nation and dissolved parliament.

Military takes over Fiji's government

SUVA, Fiji, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Fiji's prime minister was placed under house arrest Tuesday as the Pacific island nation's military announced it had taken control of the government.

Fijian army pressures government to quit

SUVA, Fiji, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Fijian troops patrolled the streets of Suva in new moves to force the government to resign.
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Commodore Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, CF, MSD, OStJ, Fijian Navy, known commonly as Frank Bainimarama and sometimes by the chiefly title Ratu (born 27 April, 1954), is a Fijian naval officer and politician. He is the Commander of the Fijian Military Forces and, as of 5 January 2007, Interim Prime Minister. While serving as Prime Minister, he has also temporarily held various ministerial portfolios: Information, Home Affairs, Immigration, Public Service, Indigenous and Multi-Ethnic Affairs, Finance, and Foreign Affairs.

Bainimarama is an ethnic Fijian (not an Indian Fijian), though he appears to support a multi-ethnic Fiji.

Bainimarama has taken power twice in Fiji's history, the first time as Head of the Interim Military Government of Fiji from 29 May to 13 July 2000, after organizing a counter-coup to neutralize the ethnic Fijian putsch led by George Speight. He handed power over to the newly-appointed President Ratu Josefa Iloilo. He was instrumental in the rise to power of the government of the Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase, but his intense criticism of the government's policy of showing leniency towards persons implicated in the coup later strained his relations with the regime, and on 5 December 2006, he overthrew the Qarase government and announced that he had "reluctantly" assumed the powers of the presidency. He restored Ratu Josefa Iloilo to the Presidency on 4 January 2007, and was formally appointed Interim Prime Minister by Iloilo the next day. The appointment was declared lawful by the Supreme Court of Fiji in October 2008. Fiji's Commodore Frank Bainimarama has stepped down on April 10, 2009 as interim prime minister, after the country's court of appeal ruled the removal of the democratic government during his 2006 military coup was unlawful. President Ratu Josefa Iloilo then announced that he had abolished the constitution, assumed all governing power and revoked all judicial appointments. He reappointed Commodore Frank Bainimarama as prime minister. The media has dubbed Fiji a "Bainimarama republic" , a play on banana republic.

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