Thursday, 17 April 2008 8:13 AM

Council Meeting Votes Mayor Out

The Honiara City Council Mayor, Alfred Maetia has been ousted in a no confidence motion.

In a special session of a full council meeting yesterday, Mr. Maetia was voted out 7-5 in favour of the opposing group.

The Member for Ngossi ward, Andrew Mua moved the motion amidst allegations against Mr. Maetia "set since February 2008".

Mr. Mua told Solomon Times that the Council is now waiting on the Ministry of Home Affairs to set a date for vote of a new city mayor.

He denied that the motion was due to "mix feelings against him (Mr. Maetia) due to ethnicity" as alleged by the outgoing City Mayor.

Mr. Mua stressed that as the City Mayor overseeing the administration of the Council, "transparency and accountability is very important".

Solomon Times was unable to get comments from Mr. Maetia on his defeat.

Solomon Times understands that Mr. Maetia will be caretaker City Mayor until an election votes for his successor.

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