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Fiji military says no to politics

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Fijian Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama visits the Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Suva, Fiji, March. Fijian Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama on Wednesday resigned as the South Pacific island country's military commander, putting an end to his 39 years of service and getting ready to contest the general election that the government has pledged to hold by the end of September this year.

Fiji’s military will support the elected government and accept the outcome of the 2014 general election, the Fijian military commander said Wednesday.

 Fijian Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama visits the Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Suva, Fiji, March. Fijian Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama on Wednesday resigned as the South Pacific island country's military commander, putting an end to his 39 years of service and getting ready to contest the general election that the government has pledged to hold by the end of September this year.
Fijian Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama visits the Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Suva, Fiji, March. Fijian Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama on Wednesday resigned as the South Pacific island country’s military commander, putting an end to his 39 years of service and getting ready to contest the general election that the government has pledged to hold by the end of September this year.

Addressing military personnel who have just returned from the UN mission in Syria, Brig. Gen. Mosese Tikoitoga urged the 196 officers and others to remain apolitical at all times, Xinhua reported.

“We should not be involved in any political party activities nor should we be participating in any political party activities,” he said.

“Rather we should remain apolitical for the mere fact that we should be ready to accept the role of the custodian of any government that comes into power after the election,” Tikoitoga said.

“We can only do that if we remain neutral in preparation prior to the election, remain neutral during the election and accept the result of the election and subject ourselves to the government that comes into power after the elections,” he added.

The commander said the Fijian military will not favor any individual or political party and reminded those who had not read the constitution to familiarize themselves with the document.

“We will take our role in the constitution seriously and we will continue to uphold that role for the sake of upholding stability and maintaining law and order in our nation,” said Tikoitoga.

The South Pacific island country is set to hold a general election Sep 17, the first since the 2006 coup.