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Fiji's President Abolishes Constitution

Trouble in paradise? Fiji's president, Ratu Josefa Iloilo, assumed control of the island's government today after abolishing the country's 1997 constitution. Iloilo also announced the country would next hold elections in 2014 and fired the country's top judges who, 24 hours earlier, had ruled that the military government of armed forces chief Frank Bainimarama was illegal. Bainimarama, who took power in a 2006 coup, said he'd relinquish the prime minister's post but that the armed forces would continue to enforce security. Observers said that Iloilo's annoucement seemed like it had been orchastrated by Bainimarama.