The Chairman of Fiji Islands Trade & Invesment Bureau, New Zealand citizen Francis Naayan, is understood to have returned to Auckland.
Narayan is believed to have flown out of Nadi on Wednesday after writing to his friend, interim prime minister and army commander, Frank Bainimarama, setting out conditions that will see him either continue his role as FTIB chairman or quit.
Sources have confirmed to us that in the letter to Bainimarama, Narayan stated that he was returning to New Zealand for two weeks, where he would await the regime's response.
We reported last week that Narayan had lost his $160,000 annual salary as investment cosultant for Fiji National Provident Fund and was having problems with FTIB chief executive, Annie Rodgers.
Narayan has told Bainimarama he can no loger work with Rodgers, saying that if the regme wants him to continue as FTIB Chairman, then it has to get rid of Rodgers.
The FTIB falls under the interim ministerial portfolio of Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.