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Fiji’s PM returns to capital as coup looms

Fiji’s military commander Voreqe Bainimarama has declared he is in charge of the country as Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase returned to the capital Suva to avert a looming coup. The political situation remained in limbo Saturday afternoon, a day after a deadline expired for the government to accept a series of demands or be forced from office by Bainimarama. The military had taken no overt action to take control while Qarase insisted the cabinet remained at the country’s helm, although he and other key ministers went into hiding Friday as the deadline passed. Despite the lack of military action to take over the reins of power, Bainimarama insisted in an interview with the Fiji Sun published Saturday that he was now “in control.” Full Story

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