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Fiji’s military commander said on Tuesday that he has taken control of the country from the elected Government.

As of 6 o’clock this evening, the military has taken over the government, has executive authority and the running of this country,” Commodore Frank Bainimarama told a news conference. Bainimarama said he had assumed the powers of the President, and was using them to dismiss Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase from office and appoint an interim replacement.

U.S. and Australia are taking the rumours of an impending coup in Fiji seriously and making contingency plans. Growing tensions between the prime minister and the military chief is said to be fuelling the rumours.  People in Fijian capital city of Suva are also talking about the coup.

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