Fiji's policemen are to swap their traditional white skirts, known as sulus, for trousers, the government said this week.

Indigenous Fijian policeman have traditionally worn sulus and sandals to beat the heat while their Indian colleagues opted for shoes, socks and trousers.Security Forces chief Maj. Gen. Sitiveni Rabuka, who led two coups here in 1987 and usually sports a khaki sulu as part of his army uniform, has ordered that brown shirts and trousers become standard for all ranks in the 1,700-strong force.