Fiji PM vows to jail overseas dissidents planning ‘sedition’

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SUVA, Fiji: Fiji’s premier has promised to jail for “many years” dissidents, including those based overseas, that he claimed were plotting to overthrow his government amid reports of attempts in the Pacific nation to set up a breakaway state. In a speech Saturday, Bainimarama said those allegedly plotting against the country included “certain high profile figures in Australia.” Fiji has a history of political unrest, with Bainimarama’s FijiFirst Party winning a general election last year in the first public vote since he led a military overthrow of the elected government eight years earlier. It was the fourth coup in 20 years in the island nation, and Bainimarama said he would not tolerate any challenge to his government.

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