Tuesday, 8 January 2008 9:17 AM

New Government to Finalise Political Appointees

The new Solomon Islands government is hoping to finalise political appointees today.

It is hoped that appointments will be completed today and names will be presented to Prime Minister, Dr. Derek Sikua.

Government Caucus Chairman, Enele Kwanairara, earlier reported that Sikua's government has halved the number of political appointees.

It was also reported that salaries for the new appointees will cut down.

In the previous government led by Manasseh Sogavare, salaries alone for political appointees cost taxpayers more than SBD$3 million a year.

Whilst the Sogavare government had 21 appointees, the new Sikua government will only appoint 11 people.

The cut back indicates the possibility of holders likely to lose their positions of the top jobs.

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