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Friday, 28 July, 2000, 10:56 GMT 11:56 UK
Fiji's new order: Key players
George Speight with weapons used by the rebels
The new interim government in Fiji contains no rebel backers of jailed coup leader George Speight.

It follows an earlier line-up which was rejected by Mr Speight before his arrest, despite the fact that several of his supporters were given posts.

The new government includes just one ethnic Indian - who is not in the cabinet.

The 20 ministers and eight assistant ministers are expected to help draft a new constitution.

The following are among the major players in Fiji's new political line-up.

President Iloilo
President Iloilo pledged to maintain Fiji's unity

Josefa Iloilo - President. Nominated by Mr Speight, he defied the rebel leader by appointing Laisenia Qarase as Prime Minister. Mr Iloilu is a frail, 79-year-old tribal chief. He has said it would be "quite unrealistic" to reinstate the ousted government of ethnic Indian Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry.

Laisenia Qarase - Prime Minister. Accused by the rebels of being too accommodating towards ethnic Indians. Mr Qarase, 59, is better known as a banker than as a politician. The military had already installed him as interim Prime Minister after imposing martial law in late May.

Laisenia Qarase
Laisenia Qarase: Rejected by the rebels
Epeli Nailatikau - Deputy Prime Minister and Fijian Affairs Minister. Son-in-law of deposed President Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara.

Jone Kubuabola - Finance Minister. A former central banker now faced with rebuilding Fiji's shattered economy.

Jone Koroitamana - Foreign Minister. A former diplomat who must try to ease strained ties with the rest of the world.

Apisai Tora - Agriculture Minister. A hardline nationalist. Not a strong supporter of Mr Speight's coup, but a founding member of the Taukei movement, which has been supporting Mr Speight.

George Shiu Raj - Assistant Minister of Regional Development and Multi-Ethnic Affairs. The only ethnic Indian in the new government.

Tevita Momoedonu - Minister for Labour. A former member of the deposed Mr Chaudhry's government.

See also:

18 Jul 00 | Asia-Pacific
Speight rejects new Fiji government
13 Jul 00 | Asia-Pacific
Speight: I'd do it again
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