SUVA, Fiji (AP) _ Members of Fiji's deposed Cabinet have appealed to the High Court to declare the new military-installed government illegal, a former official said Wednesday.

The ousted administration of Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry is demanding the reinstatement of the 1997 multiracial constitution that was scrapped following a nationalist coup in May, and claims that the military's appointment of President Ratu Josefa Iloilo during the coup was illegal.

Former Foreign Minister Tupeni Baba said Iloilo, his predecessor Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara and military commander Commodore Frank Bainimarama were among those named in papers filed with the court in Lautoka, western Fiji.

No date was immediately set for hearings.

``We claim we are ministers of government,'' Baba said Wednesday.

There was no immediate reaction from the government or military.

Chaudhry was the first ethnic Indian to lead the country, and his appointment after 1999 elections crystallized opposition among indigenous Fijians to the growing economic and political power of ethnic Indians, who make up 44 percent of Fiji's 814,000 people.

Coup leader George Speight stormed Parliament on May 19 with six other gunmen and held Chaudhry and dozens of lawmakers hostage for two months before releasing them. In return, he received guarantees that Fiji's multiracial constitution would be redrawn to curtail the power of the country's large ethnic Indian minority and guarantee top government jobs to indigenous Fijians.

Chaudhry and his supporters have proposed a government of ``national unity'' comprised of former legislators from all parties, rather than the reinstatement of the previous government.

The interim government is in the process of redrawing the constitution to guarantee political supremacy to indigenous Fijians ahead of elections that could be up to three years away.

Also Wednesday, Australia withdrew a travel advisory warning tourists to leave Fiji. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said the security situation had improved, but remained uncertain.