Word on the ground is that the self-appointed leader Frank Bainimarama has returned to China.
Coupfourpointfive has been told Baini was seen being taken to the airport on Friday morning and that he later boarded Korean Airlines for China, presumably for medical treatment.
We can't verify this information independently at this time and can only say that two sources have told us this is what has happened.
Baini's recent visit to China and state of health remains controversial. The regime insists the dictator was bolstering trade but we believe he was seeking medical treatment for a stroke. We have subsequently been told he has cancer like symptoms in his neck.
The illness of any 'leader' is a sensitive issue at the best of times but in the case of an illegally appointed military government, as in Fiji, the failing health of its El Supremo is a death knell.
Huge rifts (not to mention a planned protest march) have split the hierarchy, so conjecture (and ultimately confirmation) about his illness leaves him vulnerable.
Suffice to say, we are unlikely to hear 'officially' if Bainimarama has headed to China for a second time in less than a month. As with many things today, the nation will be left guessing and relying on the coconut wireless about something they should know as of a right.
Picture: Dictator Baini in the pic that is giving weight to claims he has had a stroke.