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Martial law reimposed in Fiji

Broadcast: 06/09/2007

Reporter: Leigh Sales

Fijian military coup leader Frank Bainimarama has imposed a new state of emergency in the South
Pacific island nation to silence the man he ousted from power, former prime minister Laisenia
Qarase.

Transcript

LEIGH SALES: Fiji is facing yet another political crisis with the provisional government
re-imposing martial law this afternoon.

The interim Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, claims the measure is necessary to prevent
former prime minister Laisenia Qarase from inciting trouble and trying to destabilise the country.

As head of the military, Commodore Bainimarama deposed Mr Qarase in a coup last December.

Mr Qarase returned to the Fijian capital, Suva, last week after eight months of exile on his home
island.

The former prime minister says he's done nothing wrong and won't be intimidated.