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Army commander resigns, Naupoto appointment illegal

August 2, 2015

Happier days

Confirmation that Mosese Tikoitoga is severing ties with the Fiji military regime.

He has resigned from the military – a statement was posted on the Fijian government Facebook a short time ago. As tipped to Coup4.5 yesterday, Captain Viliame Naupoto has been made acting commander.

However the appointment of Naupoto, a failed Fiji First Candidate in the 2014 election, is illegal.

The statement on Facebook says Frank Bainimarama as Chairman of Constitutional Offices Commission advised the President to appoint Naupoto to replace Mosese Tikoitoga, who has resigned.

Viliame Naupoto
We believe Tikoitoga did not resign but was forced out after being given an ultimatum on Friday night.
Naupoto’s appointment means Bainimarama is violating his own Constitution.

The RFMF Commander is appointed by the Constitutional Offices Commission. The Commission (COC) comprises of the PM, Attorney General, two of the PM’s nominees, the Leader of the Opposition and his/her nominee as members.

The full COC is comprised of  Frank Bainimarama, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, the PM’s nominees Sanjay Kaba and Ajit Kodagoda, Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa and her nominee,constitutional lawyer Richard Naidu.

We have established the Commission did not meet to make an Acting appointment of Commander.

Bainimarama went to QEB today to announce Tikoitoga’s departure and Naupoto’s appointment.

So who is the real Commander?

Until, the first sitting of parliament last October, Bainimarama as PM was the Constitutional Offices Commission. But it changed after the elections and convening of Parliament.

This whole process is illegal and for Bainimarama to resort to such a serious breach of the Constitution shows it is more than Tikoitoga’s extra-marital affair with Koila Costello that prompted him to illegally get rid of his once loyal ally and replace him again illegally with his former Navy colleague Viliame Naupoto.

source – c4.5; posted by mere varani for swm
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