Friday, Fiji's President Ratu Josefa Iloilo annulled the constitution, fired the judiciary and assumed all governing power in the South Pacific nation.
It comes a day after a Fiji Court of Appeal ruled the country's military regime led by Frank Bainimarama was illegally appointed.
Speaking on national television, President Iloilo rejected the ruling and declared himself as head. He said he would appoint a new interim government soon, until elections can be held in September 2014.
I hereby confirm I have abrogated the 1997 constitution and appointed myself as head of state in the new order, Iloilo said.
Under the constitution, Fiji's president has a mostly ceremonial role as head of state and governing power is held by an elected prime minister and cabinet.
Australia and New Zealand have led international pressure on Bainimarama to hold elections this year under the constitution that was in place until now.
The international isolation after the army coup has hit Fiji's economy, which is heavily dependent on tourism and sugar cane exports hard, sending many of it's 800,000 population into poverty.
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