What looks to be the first picture of Fiji's self-appointed leader since he arrived home yesterday has appeared in FijiLive.
Bainimarama was at the Holiday Inn last night for the sponsorship launch for next year's World Netball Championship, in Singapore.
The regime's leader looks a shadow of his former military hardman persona, with illness clearly showing on him.
The regime has this week adopted a business as usual approach, refusing to acknowledge or confirm Bainimarama's ill-health, despite a sojourn to China where there was clearly little evidence he was conducting business as claimed. It's believed he was seeking medical treatment for either a stroke or a heart problem.
Local Fiji media have bought into the pretence, ignoring the obvious change in physical appearance by Bainimarama, who had to cancel delivering yesterday's budget address.
His first public engagement has instead been an ocsasion of a more lightweight nature, last night's netball launch, which he attended with his wife, Mary, the patron of the Netball Fiji squad.
Picture: FijiLive, Kunal Keshneel