Fiji court declares post-coup government illegal

Thursday, March 01, 2001
Fiji's Court of Appeal says the government installed after the nationalist coup is illegal.

The Courts says the country's democratically elected parliament must be returned to power.

It says President Ratu Josefa Iloilo must resummon politicians and step down by March 15.

The Suva court said ruled that Parliament had never been dissolved by the coup and the country's constitution therefore remained in effect.

The military-backed interim government took power last year after a May coup by hardline nationalists, who ousted the country's first ethnic Indian prime minister.