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In pictures: Fiji coup countdown

Troops return to barracks in Fiji on 1 December 2006

Fiji's troops returned to barracks as a deadline set for a threatened military coup passed without incident.

Cmdr Frank Bainimarama at a rugby match in Suva on 1 December 2006

Military chief Cmdr Frank Bainimarama (pictured in a floral shirt) attended a rugby match amid reports Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase had gone into hiding.

People withdrawn money from a cash machine in Suva on 30 November 2006

As the deadline for a possible military takeover loomed, Fijians withdrew money from banks and stocked up on supplies.

Street food vendor in Suva on 30 November 2006

An uneasy calm has settled on the capital Suva as people wonder what lies ahead.

Soldiers man a checkpoint in Suva overnight on 29/30 November 2006

Troops underwent three hours of exercises overnight on Wednesday, setting up checkpoints around Suva and firing mortar rounds.

Soldiers fire a mortar flare on the outskirts of Suva overnight on 29/30 November 2006

The military said it was in preparation for any intervention by foreign forces in the event of a coup.

Cmdr Frank Bainimarama at Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Suva on 30 November 2006

Cmdr Bainimarama had insisted the government must meet his demands by midday Friday to avert a coup.

PM Laisenia Qarase leaves Government House in Wellington, New Zealand, on 29 November 2006

Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase went some way to meet those demands, but it did not appear to have been enough.

Checkpoint in Suva overnight on 29/30 November 2006

Australia and other Pacific Islands have met to discuss the situation and urged a peaceful resolution to the crisis.

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