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Fiji Methodist Church given ultimatum by government

Updated August 19, 2011 16:10:25

Fiji's influential Methodist Church has been given a deadline of Monday to agree to restrictions from the interim government on who will be allowed to speak at its annual conference.

The church's deputy General Secretary, Reverend Tevita Banivanua, says the coup installed military government wants assurances that the President, Reverend Ame Tugaue, General Secretary Reverend Tuikilakila Waqairatu, and prominent Church leader Reverend Manasa Lasaro will not speak at next week's conference.

Around a thousand people are expected to attend the meeting.

Reverend Banivanua says rumours that the interim government has demanded the three men resign are not true, but he was taken to the military barracks two weeks ago to be informed that the conference should not be political.

Presenter: Bruce Hill
Speaker: Reverend Tevita Banivanua, the Fiji Methodist Church's deputy General Secretary

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