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Fiji's military leader Bainimarama lifting martial law
Source: BBC

Martial law will be lifted in Fiji this week, Commodore Voreqe "Frank" Bainimarama said in a New Year speech.

The military ruler, who seized power in a 2006 coup, said that consultations on a new constitution would begin next month.

"To facilitate this consultation process, the public emergency regulations will cease from 7 January 2012," he said on Monday. <snip>

Cmdr Bainimarama imposed the emergency law - which censored the media and banned public meetings - after the Fiji Appeal Court ruled that his coup was illegal. The constitution was also repealed.

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