Friday, 27 July 2012 10:04 AM

National Parliament Wants Autonomy

The Speaker of the Solomon Islands parliament is pushing to have control of its funds and daily operations removed from the Prime Minister's office.

The Speaker, Sir Allan Kemakeza, has announced plans to push parliament to become independent by 2016.

Solomon Islands Radio New Zealand correspondent, Dorothy Wickham says parliament is administered by the prime minister's office and says there is a need for it to become autonomous to avoid political interference.

"Basically it can manage its own funds and that it's not waiting for government to pass the budget and it's understood that national parliament needs money to do its work. And also the benefit is that there's supposed to be three sittings in a year for parliament and it's not based on the politics, it's based on the administration of Parliament."

Dorothy Wickham says the Prime Minister has not responded publicly on the matter but if the government is genuine in ensuring the democratic process works properly, it will support it.

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