The decision by the Commonwealth to fully suspend Fiji was announced overnight by its secretary-general, Kamalesh Sharma.
It was expected after interim prime minister, Frank Bainimarama, said he was sticking to his road map and elections would be held 2014, not 2010.
1) There was regret and sorrow but the Ministerial Action Group felt it had no choice
2) The ministerial group has been trying since the 2006 coup to help Fiji move towards constitutional democracy
3) Sharma says Frank Bainimarama wrote to him on August the 21st and he replied August the 24, just over a week ago
4) He says Bainimarama signalled he was committed to the principles of the Commonwealth but it wasn't enough
5) He says Fiji's been told of the decision and so has the Queen, the head of the Commonwealth.
6) Other Commonwealth governments have also been notified.
7) The suspension is the second for Fiji.
8) It was expelled from the Commonwealth in 1987, but was readmitted 10 years later. 9) It was also suspended in 2000 for 18 months.
10)The only other country to have been fully suspended from the group is Nigeria, during the rule of General Sani Abacha in 1995.