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NEWSFLASH - Fiji - Military Govt ‘For Up To 3 Yrs’

As negotiations stop and start with Fiji coup leader George Speight the new military leader of the country, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has promised Mr. Speight there could be military rule for the next three years.

The delay would allow time to create a new constitution guaranteeing indigenous Fijian's a stronger hold on political power, said Mr. Bainimarama.

But an Australian ABC correspondent told National Radio's Check-point programme that the military were becoming increasingly frustrated in coming to an agreement with Mr. Speight and his men.

Mr Speight had earlier rejected the military's candidate for the interim Prime Minsiter and refused to meet Mr Bainimarama in talks earlier today.

Mr. Speight is due to meet military leaders about now.

Meanwhile, an Australian camera crew had their van trashed by Fijian supporters of Mr. Speight after violence erupted again outside the Parliament complex.

Taxi drivers belonging to ethnic Fijians were also attacked and the drivers bashed.

Following is a transcript from www.fijilive.com

Fiji could have a military government for up to three years and at least until a new constitution is in place.

General elections won’t be held until the new constitution is in place, says army commander and head of the military government, Commodore Frank Bainimarama.

He said the review of the constitution should not take long as a lot of work had gone into the last two constitutions.

However he said it could take as long as three years or as less as 12 months.

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