• Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama says the military government will on Saturday lift the state of public emergency it imposed in 2009, as the country prepares to open consultation on a new constitution. 

  • The Public Emergency Regulations gave police and the military extended powers, imposed tough censorship on the South Pacific nation's media and tightly controlled public assembly. 

  • Fiji's military regime suspended the country's Constitution in 2009 and imposed emergency rule after the nation's Court of Appeal ruled that the military government was illegal.