Military commander says he has the ‘green light’ to remove the government.
Qarase and Bainimarama, who has also had discussions with Madraiwiwi, have argued over whether Friday’s deadline has now been extended.
“There will be a fair bit of consultations continuing through the weekend and early next week, I hope“
But his rival said that the military was planning a peaceful transition to an interim government.
Bainimarama has repeatedly threatened to remove Qarase’s government unless it drops three pieces of legislation, including a bill that would grant amnesty to those involved in a 2000 coup.
The prime minister has bowed to most of Bainimarama’s demands, including suspending the three bills, but Bainimarama is still not happy.
He has accused Qarase of having people associated with the 2000 coup by armed indigenous nationalists in his government and high public offices.
Fiji has suffered three coups and a bloody but unsuccessful mutiny, during which Bainimarama was almost killed, since 1987.