Fiji's former Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Berenado Vunibobo, was ordered home after the UN blocked Brigadier Pita Driti from leading a peacekeeping mission to Iraq.
We have been told that stiff opposition from NGOs and Civil Society, led to Driti's rejection.
Driti is the Land Force Commander of the Fiji Military Forces and played a leading role during and after the 2006 military coup.
According to sources, Frank Bainimarama's regime was unhappy that a seasoned diplomat like Vunibobo was unable to convince the UN to endorse Driti.
Vunibobo has been succeeded by a regime apologist and former Secretary to the Governor General at the time of the 1987 coup, Peter Thomson.
His axing is being seen as a warning to those who accept positions in the regime, that they can be discarded at any time.