Tuesday, 10 July 2007 7:20 PM

Moti Officially Sworn in as Solomon Islands AG

The Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has ended months of speculation today with the official swearing in of Julian Moti as the country's attorney general.

Moti, dressed in a black suit along with the traditional wig, took the oath before the Governor General Sir Nathaniel Waena. Present at the ceremony were 10 Government Ministers and back benchers.

During the ceremony, Sir Nathaniel told the audience present that after due consideration to all the issues and facts surrounding the arguments, he concluded that it was legal to proceed with formalizing the appointment of Mr. Moti as the Attorney General of Solomon Islands.

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare stated that his government had maintained all along that whatever people may say regarding the circumstances surrounding the appointment of Mr. Moti, the government has complied with the laws of Solomon Islands.

Mr. Sogavare went on to say that what transpired in today's swearing-in of Mr. Moti is a demonstration of the fact that justice and honesty will always win.

Today's ceremony marks the end of nearly a year of political wrangling by the Government and critics who were opposed to what has often been described as a controversial appointment.

The swearing in of Julian Moti as the Attorney General of the Solomon Islands did not go unnoticed.

"It is a very provocative and insensitive thing for somebody who is wanted on a criminal charge in this country to be sworn in as the attorney general," stated Australian Prime Minister John Howard to The Sydney Morning Herald.

Mr. Howard also stated in the Sydney Morning Herald that Mr. Moti's appointment would not have a direct effect on the Australian-led Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI).