SUVA, Fiji (AP) -- The leader of armed rebels holding Fiji's government hostage in parliament refused today to recognize the authority of the country's new military ruler and called on the army to replace him.
George Speight -- who led Fiji's coup attempt May 19 and holds more than 30 hostages, including Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry -- questioned Commodore Frank Bainimarama's control over the military.
Bainimarama took power in Fiji on Monday and declared martial law, saying he wanted to end the crisis that began here when Speight took his hostages. But at a news conference in the parliamentary complex, Speight claimed that only half the military supports Bainimarama and the other half supports the rebels.
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