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Fiji's membership of The Commonwealth lapses

1987

Fiji's membership of the Commonwealth lapses after it declares itself a republic following a military coup.

Fiji's membership of The Commonwealth lapsed on 15 October 1987. A decision to this effect was taken by Heads of Government during the 1987 Vancouver Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting primarily on the ground that Fiji, which had declared itself a republic, had adopted a form of government which was seen as fundamentally at odds with the basic Commonwealth ethos.