I was correct yesterday in my assumption that the military coup of Fiji was starting and now the military controls the small country of some 900,000 people as Commodore Frank Bainimarama has taken power from elected Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase.
A week-long standoff between the two leaders developed rooted in tension between the South Pacific nation's indigenous people and its ethnic Indian minority, but this is surely not the answer to this nations problems.
This is the second military coup in the region in as many months and it does not bode well for this government and this country for this is the 4th military coup in 20 years they have kept this country very unstable.
Commodore Bainimarama said he would soon return the powers to President Ratu Josefa Iloilo, who he expected to appoint a full interim government with elections to restore democracy that would follow.
Great Britain has severed all military aid to the tiny island nation that used to be under rule, following the military action, which might hamper them if more nations follow suit.
British Prime Minister said, "We are suspending immediately bilateral and military assistance to Fiji and considering further measures with our international and Commonwealth partners," he told reporters.
"We will urge all parties to recognize the sovereign authority of the elected government."
"We trust that the new government will lead us into peace and prosperity and mend the ever-widening racial divide which currently besets our multi-cultural nation," Commodore Bainimarama said.
Bainimarama than went on to appoint little known Jona Senilagakali Baravilala, a former military doctor and political novice, as interim prime minister before fresh elections are called in the hopes of easing the International backlash that is sure to follow.
Our government must condemn this military action taken against democracy, if we do not than we surely lose credibility in our own fight to give freedom to others in Iraq and Afghanistan.
We must cut off all aid to this country, military and otherwise to try and pressure this country to allow free elections once again, because it is quite obvious that military leaders are not happy with the twice elected Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase.
These actions are not the actions of responsible people, but people who only crave power and accolades and look to put one more notch in their victory belts, it is a shame and we should not deal with this country until they have a legally elected government.
Others blogging today that are worth a read,
Right Truth, Stop The ACLU, Don Surber, Jarhead's Firing Range, The Wide Awake Cafe, United Irelander, Wake Up America, DeMediacratic Nation, 123beta, Leaning Straight Up, Right Wing Nation, Pettifog, Woman Honor Thyself, Public Figures Beware, Perri Nelson's Website, Dumb Ox News, Neo-Con*Tastic.
DeMediacratic Nation - John Bolton Makes for the Exits.
123beta - Bad Santa.
Planck's Constant - Why It's Important to Understand English.