Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Fiji leader defiant after threats

Fiji's leader has expressed defiance, a day after the Pacific Islands Forum threatened it with expulsion if no elections were held by the end of 2009.

In an interview with the New Zealand-based Hindi-language Radio Tarana, Frank Bainimarama said he felt under no pressure to set a date for elections.

He described New Zealand's Prime Minister, John Key, as being very rude and uninformed.

Mr Bainimarama took control of Fiji in a military coup in 2006.

The Pacific Islands Forum met on Tuesday and agreed that if Fiji did not announce an election date by the start of May, and hold elections by the end of the year, it would face sanctions by the regional grouping, including a loss of development funding.

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