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RFMF Backs President’s Call To Defend Democracy

The military supports President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau’s call for every Fijian to defend our young democracy, Commodore Viliame Naupoto says. The Acting Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces
15 Sep 2015 12:12
RFMF Backs President’s Call To Defend Democracy
President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau (right), welcomes Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and wife Mary during a reception at Government House, last night. Photo: Rama

The military supports President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau’s call for every Fijian to defend our young democracy, Commodore Viliame Naupoto says.

The Acting Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces was reacting to Ratu Epeli’s speech at the ceremonial opening of Parliament in Suva yesterday.

Commodore Naupoto said emphatically: “There will be no instability in Fiji.”

Ratu Epeli said:  “The current attempts by a small minority to set up an alternative state – a so called Christian State – or to overthrow the current Government are unlawful and contrary to the national interest.

“They are an assault on democracy, attempts to overturn the will of the people freely expressed almost a year ago and are disruptive to economic stability. They cannot be condoned under any circumstances.

“Such actions must be publicly condemned, in particular given our political history, in no uncertain terms.

“Such actions and any such proposed actions must be emphatically condemned by all those who truly adhere to and believe in the democratic principles upon which our Government, this Parliament and our new Fijian State is built upon.

“As your Head of State – a figure above politics – I call on every Fijian to rally to the defence of the democratic process and the right of every Fijian to practise their rights.

“And as Commander-in-Chief of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, I believe the RFMF must wherever and whenever required, support the police in bringing to justice those who want to destroy democracy and impose their will on others.

“It is your constitutional duty to do so as the ultimate guarantors of the security of the Fijian nation.”

Commodore Naupoto assured all Fijians that the RFMF would carry out its constitutional role.

He said the security of the nation was their priority.

He said they were helping Police in their investigations when required. Troops had just returned from Ra helping Police in their investigations there.

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