Thursday, 26 August 2010 9:07 AM

PM to Make Ministerial Appointments Soon

Newly elected Prime Minister Hon Danny Philip today said he will make Ministerial appointments in a few days.

He said the appointment process is a difficult task given the different political party ideologies that formed his coalition group.

"It will take some tact and negotiations to actually make satisfactory appointments,"
Prime Minister Philip said.

The new coalition will also take at least 30 days to put together its policy framework, adding that people of the nation have waited for a very long time since the August 4 elections for the government to serve them.

"It is important government quickly give back to people of this beloved country what
they deserve after waiting in suspense since the elections," Hon Philip said.

Meanwhile, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has congratulated Mr Philip on
his election today as Prime Minister of Solomon Islands.

Mr Key says, "Solomon Islands is an important partner for New Zealand in the
Pacific region. I look forward to working with Mr Philip to further strengthen our
relationship.

"Our relationship is broad and deep, and has developed over many years of close
association. It includes successful initiatives such as the Recognised Seasonal
Employer scheme, our development assistance programmes in key areas such as
education, fisheries and transport, and our ongoing contribution to the Regional
Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands."

New Zealand remains committed to supporting sustainable economic development
in a safe, secure Solomon Islands.

Mr Key also acknowledged the tenure of outgoing Prime Minister Dr Derek Sikua.

"Dr Sikua's government worked hard to make Solomon Islands a better place for all
Solomon Islanders. I wish him and his family well for the future"

The first government caucus meeting is expected today.

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