Thursday, 15 November 2007 9:45 AM

"The Game is Now Over": PM Sogavare

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare last night says the current political upheaval in the country is now over as his government took control of a clear majority once more.

He said despite the confusions and political speculations that were echoed since the weekend emergence of the upheaval, his ruling coalition remains intact and will continue to deliver its promises to the nation.

"I want to announce to the people of Solomon Islands that my ruling coalition still remain in control of the government, despite the confusions and speculations we heard in the past few days since the political crisis happened."

"The Grand Coalition for Change Government under my leadership has now taken command and is now enjoying a clear majority," Mr Sogavare said.

The Prime Minister last night submitted a list of lawmakers supporting the coalition government to the Governor General, His Excellency Sir Nathaniel Waena.

"I have already transmitted a list of our committed members to his Excellency the Governor General," he said. "I want to announce now that the political crisis is now over."

A weekend defection by nine government MPs has caused political uncertainty over the last four days.

But Mr Sogavare says some MPs have switched back to his government after realizing that they were misled to support just a few disgruntled MPs who want to advance their own agendas against his leadership.

He accused former senior government MPs, including former Deputy Prime Minister, Toswell Kaua, Gordon Darcy Lilo and Steve Abana, of political hatred against his leadership.

The Prime Minister says Mr Lilo is not a stable leader and has created problems for the country's finances.

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