Jan. 2 - Fiji's military ruler Commodore Frank Bainimarama announces emergency laws in place since 2009 will be lifted this week, government officials said. Marie-Claire Fennessy reports.
EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL Fiji's military ruler, Frank Bainimarama has announced emergency laws will be lifted this week, government officials have said. They have been in place since a 2009 political crisis. (SOUNDBITE) FIJI COMMODORE FRANK BAINIMARAMA SAYING (GRAPHICS OVER RADIO SOUNDBITE) (English): "We must all remember the public order protecting the vulnerable and safe guarding the economy, will always be paramount. We must also, as a nation, be intolerant of those that seek refuge and political power in religious and ethnic and communal divisions." The emergency regulations imposed media censorship and gave the police and military additional powers. Bainimarama has been in power since a bloodless coup in 2006. Marie-Claire Fennessy, Reuters