A report in Time Magazine’s March 1 issue quoted Bainimarama as saying election officials will need more time to prepare the country for elections according to the military’s specifications:
How long that will take is anyone's guess. The interim government's "road map" for elections and a return to democracy had a scheduled arrival date of 2010, but Bainimarama now fears the process may take longer. "We earmarked six months for the Electoral Commission to redraw boundaries [unchanged since the mid-'90s]," he says, but he was told by officials the day before he spoke to Time that the work will take 18 months. "So even before we have started, 12 months have been added to 2010."In an earlier paragraph, the article’s author, a Time editor Steve Waterson said Bainimarama didn’t want to become PM but accepted the position at the urging of his military council.
“I hate this job,” Bainimarama is quoted as saying, “but it has to be done. And we are going to stay until we complete this business.”
The article also discusses the allegations of “murderously heavy-handed tactics” of the military.
…[W]hile there's wide agreement that corruption needed to be eradicated, the FMF is accused of murderously heavy-handed tactics. On top of many allegations that political opponents and criminals have been beaten and intimidated, the past month has seen the deaths of two young men, allegedly at the hands of soldiers. There are murmurs that the FMF commander either endorses the brutality or has lost control of his men.
“I have told my troops that power corrupts only if you abuse the authority given to you,” he says. “I am continually telling my people, ‘This is the line. You can't cross this line. It doesn’t do us any good.’” While unwilling to comment on specific cases, which he says are under police investigation, he suspects some soldiers may have misunderstood their mission. “I have no doubt that some guys have crossed the line thinking that's the right thing to do,” he says, adding that any wrongdoing will be punished.