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Friday, 28 July, 2000, 10:56 GMT 11:56 UK
Fiji's new order: Key players
Speight/weapons
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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