Monday, 24 January 2011 9:31 AM

Opposition to Lodge Petition to Governor General

The Opposition is expected to lodge the first of its petitions to the Governor General starting this week.

Deputy Opposition Leader Matthew Wale announced the Opposition's intentions last week following the resignation of the former Fisheries Minister and former Forestry Minister.

The petition is purposely to see if the Prime Minister still has the numbers to remain in office. The Opposition is claiming that another eight government ministers will soon follow suit, in what is fast becoming a "numbers game" yet again.

Solomon Star newspaper quoted MP for East Honiara Douglas Ete as saying that "eight ministers have already signed their resignation letters and will be delivered to the Governor General today."

As of this morning only four government ministers have officially resigned. They are
MP for North West Guadalcanal Bodo Detke, MP for East Honiara Douglas Ete, MP for North Guadalcanal Martin Sopage, and MP for East Kwaio Stanley Sofu.

Political advisors close to the Prime Minister say despite all the "hype in the media," they are confident that they will maintain the numbers needed to govern.

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