Fiji's military government says interim Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama will not be standing down as army commander ahead of democractic elections in four years time.
However, a senior government spokesman has confirmed reports that Commodore Bainimarama will relinquish his role as interim prime minister in 2014.
Interim government spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Nuemi Leweni has told Pacific Beat it is not known whether the interim prime minister will contest the election, but he is certain Commodore Bainimarama will not be quitting as the commander of the military.
"He relinquishes the appointment as prime minister, but not the commander," he said.
"The appointment of commander will need to be discussed with whichever government comes into place."
Last week, local press reported Commodore Bainimarama as saying he will retire in 2014.
But Lieutenant Colonel Leweni claims a journalist misintrepreted the Commodore's comments, meaning instead that he would stand down as the interim prime minister in the lead-up to elections.
Commodore Bainimarama has previously stated publicy that he will run for prime minister if that is what the people want - ABC