Commonwealth Suspends Fiji Membership

Politics | December 8, 2006, Friday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0

The Commonwealth has suspended Fiji's membership in protest at the recent military coup, BBC reported.

Commonwealth Secretary General Don McKinnon announced the suspension after an emergency meeting of the Commonwealth's Ministerial Action Group. The decision followed a meeting of foreign ministers from Commonwealth countries in London.

The coup, the fourth in 19 years, which saw military chief Cmdr Bainimarama oust PM Laisenia Qarase, has already been condemned by the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

It has also failed to win the backing of Fiji's influential Council of Chiefs and religious groups.
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