Fiji's interim regime has quietly extended the Public Emergency Regulations which expires today for another 30 days.
The emergency regulations were enforced by the regime following the abrogation of the Constitution and overthrow of the Fiji Court of Appeal Ruling of 9th April, which declared the 2006 coup illegal.
In the statement issued yesterday, the Permanent Secretary for Information, Lieutenant-Colonel Neumi Leweni said the interim regime, acting on the advice of the security forces considered the need to extend the regulations, in order to provide greater stability and focus on the regime’s nation-building initiatives.
Leweni claims the regime, in extending the PER, “is guided by its intentions to direct the nation towards a harmonious society that is free from all forms o discrimination”.
Even though regime had decided that the emergency regulations would be extended, they deliberately created confusion with the interim Defence Minister Ratu Epeli Ganilau telling Fijilive yesterday that the national security council was meeting to deliberate on the extension of the PER. He said the public “will be informed as soon as the decision is made”.
Radio Legend FM in its major news bulletins late yesterday afternoon also quoted Ganilau as saying the “military and police will make security assessments before deciding on whether the regulation should remain”. Ganilau told Radio Legend FM a decision would be made today.
The extension of the emergency regulations means censorship of the news for another month.