Lifting of state of emergency in Fiji welcomed at UN

Prime Minister Josaia Bainimarama of the Republic of the Fiji Islands

The announcement by Fiji that it will lift the state of emergency imposed in 2009, has been welcomed by the UN Secretary-General.

Ban Ki-moon said it was a "positive step" towards restoring constitutional order in the South Pacific archipelago.

Prime Minister Josaia Bainimarama took power in a coup d'état in 2006.

Last year, during an address to the UN General Assembly, he outlined details of a political road map leading to national elections by September 2014.

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