02 Jan '12, 2am

Fiji military government to end martial law

SUVA, Fiji: Nearly three years of living under martial law in Fiji will end this weekend when the emergency regulations will be lifted, military strongman Voreqe Bainimarama announced Monday. The tough regulations, introduced by Bainimarama in April 2009 after the Fiji Appeal Court ruled his 2006 coup to be illegal, imposed tight censorship on the news media and banned public meetings. He also repealed the constitution, sacked the judiciary and gave the police and military power to detain people without charge. But in his New Year message, Bainimarama said the regulations would be lifted on Saturday to pave the way for consultation on a new constitution. "I will, over the next few weeks, announce the nationwide consultation process which will commence in February 2012," he said. "To facilitate this consultation process the public emergency regulations will cease from Janua...

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