Bainimarama in response repeated his call for the government to meet his demands or step down.ABC News in Australia reported claims that Qarase had told Iloilo that the government would step down if Bainimarama was not removed.Perhaps the most significant of these has been the RTU bill, which would grant an amnesty to some of those involved or being investigated for involvement in the coup of 2000, including individuals who are presently officials within government.There was friction concerning these bills and a truce was brokered by Vice-President Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi on 16 January 2006, which cooled the 2005–06 Fijian political crisis.At the heart of the previous three of these lay the tensions between the ethnic Fijians and Indian Fijians.Religion played a significant role; the majority of ethnic Fijians belong to the Methodist church whereas the majority of the Indians are Hindu.Even the possibility of declaring Fiji a theocratic Christian state was proposed in the past.A long-running conflict between the government and military of the Republic of the Fiji Islands (Fiji) reached crisis point in early December 2006.
On 22 September 2006, Commodore Bainimarama attacked government policies in a speech at Ratu Latianara Secondary School.
The next day Prime Minister Qarase accused the Commodore's statements of being unconstitutional, and announced his intention to refer the matter to the Supreme Court for a judgement on the proper role of the military.
The Methodist Church also reacted strongly to the Commodore's suggestion that government policies could take Fiji back to paganism and cannibalism.
The catalysts for the unrest were three bills under consideration by the Fijian parliament, one of which would question the illegality of the Fiji coup of 2000 and offer pardons to some of the rebels who participated in it.
Nine demands were handed down from Commodore Josaia Voreqe (Frank) Bainimarama to Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase largely pertaining to issues concerning these bills.
He also reiterated the opposition of the military to the "Qoliqoli Bill", which proposed to hand control of seabed resources to ethnic Fijians.