Wednesday, 12 December 2007 8:40 AM

Governor General Rejects Government's New Date for Parliament Meet

Solomon Islands' Governor General, His Excellency Sir Nathaniel Waena, rejected government's proposed December 24th date for Parliament meeting.

Sir Nathaniel has instead stood firm on his decision for Parliament to meet tomorrow.

The Governor General had proclaimed 13th December as the date for Parliament meeting.

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare on Sunday announced 24th December as a date for the Parliament meet, subject to consultation with the Governor General.

However, Sir Nathaniel, in refusing to accept the new date, instead opted to wait for the outcome of the court case.

The Government, who challenged Sir Nathaniel's proclamation, argued that he does not have the power to call Parliament.

Justice Edwin Goldsbrough will make his ruling 10am today on the case.

The Opposition, who yesterday welcomed the return of Minister of Communication, Aviation and Meteorology, Johnson Koli, said it now has the number to form a new government.

Opposition Leader, Fred Fono, said his group will attend tomorrow's Parliament meeting, regardless of the outcome of the case.

The Opposition's motion of no-confidence against Prime Minister Sogavare has already been listed for the first day of meeting.