Bainimarama imposes new order rules
Six days after announcing the end of martial law, Fiji's Voreqe Bainimarama has introduced a new military decree controlling public order.
Bainimarama announced on New Year's Day that his three year old Public Emergency Regulations (PER) would be lifted, effective tomorrow.
Today he unveiled a military decree amending the country's Public Order Act.
That act passed in 1969 ahead of Fiji's independence so that any dissent could be controlled during the transition period.
Bainimarama said he was modernising it to provide stability.
"This modernisation is necessary to effectively address matters such as terrorism, offences, offences against public order and safety racial and religious vilification, hate speech and economic sabotage," he said.
Since Bainimarama seized power in 2006, Fiji has had no parliament and all laws are set up a military council through decrees.
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