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By ROSI DOVIVERATA New Zealand welcomes PM decision New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully welcomed Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama’s decision to step down as Commander of the Fiji
06 Mar 2014 12:25

By ROSI DOVIVERATA

New Zealand welcomes PM decision

New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully welcomed Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama’s decision to step down as Commander of the Fiji military.
“Separating the government and the military is an important step toward holding credible elections in Fiji later this year,” Mr McCully said.
“Today’s announcement is an important milestone on that road.
“The Pacific Islands Forum Ministerial Contact Group met in Fiji last month and was pleased to see the registration of political parties and voters as well as the appointment of Electoral Commission members.
“New Zealand is providing assistance to the Fiji Elections Office and stands ready to provide further support as needed.”

Bishop welcomes Bainimarama move

Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has welcomed the announcement that Fiji Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has stepped down as Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces to contest the general elections.
Australia continues to work with the Fiji Government and other donors on Fiji’s elections preparations, as well as other public sector engagement.
“I congratulate Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga on his appointment as Commander of the Fiji Military,”she said.
“Colonel Tikoitoga is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Staff College and I look forward to Australia restoring full defence co-operation with Fiji.”




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