Friday, 16 November 2007 9:20 AM

Unions Call on PM to Step Down

The Solomon Islands Council of Trade Unions (SICTU) calls on the Prime Minister to step down, or recall parliament immediately.

The call followed a meeting of the Solomon Islands Council of Trade Unions national executive yesterday.

SICTU National Secretary, Tony Kagovai, said the meeting had resolved to call on the Prime Minster to step down, or recall parliament in order to test the Government's numbers.

"It is in the best interest of the nation that the current political impasse be resolved with dignity and in a peaceful manner," Mr. Kagovai said.

"Therefore, the national executive of the Solomon Islands Council of Trade Unions resolved ... to call on the Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, to step down."

"We believe Mr. Sogavare no longer has the confidence of the parliament or the people of this nation and he should step down," Mr Kagovai said.

"However, if the Prime Minister refuses to step down, the best way to test whether he should still be in office is to recall parliament," he said.

Mr. Kagovai added that if the Prime Minister has the confidence of parliament, he has nothing to fear in recalling parliament.

"But if Mr. Sogavare does not have the confidence of parliament, then he should not try to hold onto the prime ministership," he said.

SICTU believes that the Sogavare-led Government has already wasted enough time focusing on issues that are not really important to the nation's progress.

"Rather than rebuilding this nation and making the most of the unique opportunity being provided by RAMSI, this government has squandered two precious years defending such characters as the disgraced Attorney-General, Julian Moti, and controversial Police Commissioner, Jahir Khan," Mr. Kagovai said.