ABC News: Fiji Coup
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*Army chief set to take over control of Fiji*
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Army chief set to take over control of Fiji
Diplomatic sources say the Fijian Army chief Frank
take over as ruler of Fiji, and his appointment
will be announced
The sources were speaking to reporters shortly
after the army
seized control of Suva and ordered troops to
enforce a new 48-hour curfew.
The move followed an overnight rampage by
supporters of a coup
against the country's elected government.
The Government has been held hostage in parliament
since May 19.
Fiji's coup leader George Speight has threatened
to execute the
President's daughter first, if there is any
military attempt to
free his hostages.
The Foreign Minister Alexander Downer has revealed
the threat at a
press conference in Canberra.
Fiji's President Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara's
daughter, who is a
minister in Mahendra Chaudhry's Government, is one
of about 30
hostages being held in the Parliament compound.
Mr Downer says he is appalled at Mr Speight's threat.
"This is a measure of the man. Speight has said to
Ratu Mara that
if there is any attempt militarily to release the
first person he, Speight, will shoot will be the President's
daughter," he said."So that's the type of person
we're dealing with
here. This is simply appalling, an appalling thing
Federal Cabinet has decided on a raft of sanctions
it is prepared
to impose against Fiji if it does not return to constitutional
Australia will suspend its trade and economic
with Fiji, downgrade its foreign aid program,
cancel joint defence
exercises and any naval visits to Australia.
There will also be a review of Australia's
sporting contacts with
Fiji, and a possible ban on all visits to
Australia by Fiji's rugby
Australia has already decided to cancel the Fiji
leg of the Olympic
But Mr Downer is giving no ultimatum for the
sanctions to take
"We will see how the proposals that Ratu Mara has
evolve," he said.
"Both we and the New Zealanders are of the view
that today is not
the day to impose the sanctions.
"Today is the day to flag what sorts of sanctions
we'll be taking
and these are sanctions obviously that would very
The Federal Government has cancelled Mr Speight's
Mr Speight has residency status in Australia, and
therefore a visa
for re-entry to the country.
But immigration authorities have now cancelled the
visa on the
grounds that Mr Speight's presence in Australia
could be a risk to
the health and safety of the local community.
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