The future of the high rolling Ratu Epeli Nailatikau is back under the microscope with fresh unconfirmed reports his days as illegal president are coming to an end.
According to several people in and outside of Fiji, Nailatikau has been sent a letter by the illegal attorney general, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, telling him that his term as president wraps up at the end of February.
Coupfourpointfive has been unable to verify the information independently, but has spoken to people who say Nailatikau has indeed been told he will no longer be president from the 28th next month. We hope to shed more light on this.
The unpopular illegal regime already has a raft of problems, not least the woes of the economy and loose ends at the camp, so it would be stupid to buy into more trouble by getting rid of Nailatikau. It's believed, though, that the hierarchy remains nervous about Nailatikau being swayed to dismiss Voreqe Bainimarama as prime minister, then going ahead and decreeing that and reinstating an interim prime minister to take the nation to elections under the 1997/98 Constitution.
Nailatikau assumed the role of president after the illegal regime abrogated the Constitution in April 2009 and 'retired' the then 88 year old president, Ratu Josefa Iloilo. He was vice-president first, becoming acting president in April, before being sworn in seven months later as president in November.
Footnote: Much easier to confirm has been this interesting tit bit (pardon the pun). Voreqe Bainimarama's favourite henchman, Siti Qiliho, who was in Sinai as the Fiji Battalion Commander, is being sent back for fraternizing with a female member of the Battalion. He's not the first to be caught out, of course. Mosese Tikoitoga, who was made Land Force Commander last year, was hauled home for impregnating one of his female staff at Commissioner Central Office, although this was never cited as the official reason for him being posted back to camp.
Picture: Epeli Nailatikau taking a bet on the Melbourne Cup stake late last year.