An Australian Catholic priest living in Fiji has been given a reprieve from deportation, after initially being informed on Friday he had two days to leave the country.
Father Kevin Barr, the head of Fiji's People's Community Network, was told on Friday that he needed to leave Fiji because he had breached the terms of his work order.
However, on Saturday Father Barr was informed that the order had been changed and that he would not be forced to leave.
Earlier in the week Father Barr had confirmed he was involved in a confrontation with Fiji's interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama.
The confrontation came after Father Barr wrote a joking letter to a local newspaper, in which he wrote that following the Commodore's pledge to change the national flag, the Union Jack could be replaced with a small version of the Chinese flag, "to show that our old allegiance to Britain is being replaced with a new allegiance to China".
Father Barr confirmed that he was then rung by Commodore Bainimarama, who told him the letter was irresponsible coming from a community leader.
Commodore Bainimarama then swore repeatedly at Father Barr, accused him of being anti-government and told him to go back where he came from, before hanging up the phone.
Father Barr says Commodore Bainimarama then sent him a text message which read: "I think you owe the people of Fiji an apology for your childish comments. You give all Catholic priests a bad name."
In response, Father Barr sent a message saying he apologised if the letter had upset the Prime Minister, and denied the accusation he was anti government.
This prompted further text messages from the interim prime minister, including one that read: "Go and be a missionary in China".
On Saturday, the interim government released a statement that said Father Barr was allowed to continue living in Fiji under the conditions of his existing work permit.
Father Barr has told local reporters he's in no doubt Friday's attempted deportation was driven by these events.
"It is very surprising that...a letter to the newspaper which had an element of humour in it seemed to have touched a raw nerve to such an extent," he said.
"I suppose that happens in life."
Father Barr says he is very happy he has been allowed to stay.
"Fiji is my home as far as I'm concerned," he said.
"All my friends and so on are here and my concerns have been with the poorer sections of the community.
"I've made lots of friends from all walks of life so I guess I would've been very sad and lonely without them."