Fiji suspended from Commonwealth

Fiji has been suspended from the Commonwealth after its military rulers failed to respond to a demand to restore democracy in the Pacific island nation, the organization said Tuesday. “This is an announcement I make with deep regret — it is a step the Commonwealth is now obliged to take, and one that it takes in sorrow,” Commonwealth Secretary-General, Kamalesh Sharma, said in a statement. The 53-nation group gave Fiji’s leadership a September 1 deadline to announce democratic elections for next year.