Friday, 18 November 2011 9:20 AM

Opposition Calls for Calm

Parliamentary Opposition Leader, Dr Derek Sikua, has called for calm amongst the public following the angry protests in Honiara over the outcome of the Prime Minister's election on Wednesday.

Dr Sikua said the Opposition understands the frustrations of those that chose to protest but stresses that "such dissatisfactions should be expressed through lawful means."

He said the public must take heart that the Opposition will continue to effectively carry out its important watchdog role and will hold the Lilo-led government accountable for its actions.

The Opposition Leader said the group is enlightened by Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo's announcement yesterday that his government will uphold the principles of good governance during its tenure in office.

He said such declaration is necessary to restore public trust and confidence in the NCRA Government after the resignation as prime minister of the MP for South New Georgia, Rendova and Tetepari, Danny Philip last week over corruption allegations.

Dr Sikua said Prime Minister Lilo must prove the negative perception that Solomon Islanders hold of him wrong by ensuring that all decision taken by the NCRA Government under his leadership are in the best interest of the nation.

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