Fiji: Coup Plus Coup Makes Three

Coup Plus Coup Makes Three

Colonel Sitiveni Rabuka is the most indecisive of strongmen. In May he overthrew Fiji's Prime Minister Timoci Bavadra, but quickly turned authority over to a civilian-dominated council. Two weeks ago the colonel seized power ! once more. But early last week he had second thoughts yet again. The colonel released Bavadra from prison and began talks aimed at restoring civilian government. Rabuka was responding in part to an appeal from Queen Elizabeth II that the former British colony not quit the Commonwealth.

By week's end Rabuka had done another about-face. He revoked the Constitution, declared himself head of state and said...

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