A former president of Fiji, Ratu Josefa Iloilo, has died at the age of 91.
He had been unwell over recent years and travelled to Australia frequently for treatment for a number of illnesses, including Parkinson’s Disease.
His career was marred by controversy, most notably in 2009 when he abrogated the Constitution and sacked the judges after the Court of Appeal ruled Frank Bainimarama’s government was illegal.
Historian Brij Lal, who closely monitors events in Fiji, has told Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat, Ratu Josefa will be fondly remembered by most.
“I think the overwhelming sense in Fiji would be that he was a very decent man caught in difficult circumstances and then really being used by the military to do the things the military wanted to do,” he said.
“To abrogate the Constitution, endorse the illegal overthrow of the Qarase government and sack the judges and so on.”