Latest News Archive December 2014

Ajilon Nasiu is a former Premier of Rennell Bellona Province. Prior to entering politics he was a lecturer at the than Solomon Islands College of Higher Education.

New Speaker Elected

A new Speaker of Parliament has been elected; he is Ajilon Nasiu, a former Premier of Rennell Bellona Province.

Non-State Actors have their say on PACER Plus

Non-State Actors from across the Pacific met in Fiji on Friday to share their views on the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER) Plus regional trade negotiations.

Flu-like Symptoms on the rise in Solomon Islands

There has been a rise in flu-like symptoms across Solomon Islands, informed the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) and World Health Organization (WHO).
Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare has named his Cabinet line up.

PM Names Cabinet Line Up

Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare has named his Cabinet line up.

Our Last Chance to Get it Right: Mataki

"We cannot fail our people and future," was the passionate plea from the Solomon Islands to the High Level Segment at the UN Climate Convention in Lima, Peru.
Dr Luanga Mukela Faustin (standing) conducting a hands on exercise with local participants during the WTO training yesterday.

Trade Officials Conclude WTO Training on Reference Centers

A two day training conducted by the World Trade Organization (WTO) was concluded yesterday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade (MFAET) Conference room.
Risk Toolkit for Solomon Islands

Risk Toolkit for Solomon Islands

When it comes to disasters, climate change and the environment, the Solomon Islands is one of the South Pacific’s most vulnerable countries.
Those on social media are calling on the government to pick a female for the position of Speaker. Two names that have been raised include Taeasi Sanga and former MP, Hilda Kari.

Speakers Post Now Under Spotlight

The public is calling on the government to pick a credible person for the position of Speaker of Parliament.
"To all our traditional partners, and overseas friends, and RAMSI (Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands), we all recognize the challenge that lies ahead in building a stronger Solomon Islands," he said.

Sogavare Sworn in as Prime Minister

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has been sworn-in before the Governor General Sir Frank Kabui at Government House after his election victory.
It is understood the armed thugs targeted the boat used by MPs of the Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC), who were staying at the resort at the eve of the prime ministers election.

Hunt On for Armed Thugs

Police have confirmed that a shooting incident at the Mbike Island resort is being investigated as several leads come through.
“I thank God and I also thank the people of Solomon Islands for the confidence they have in me,” Sogavare said.

Sogavare Elected Prime Minister

Manasseh Sogavare of the Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) has been elected Prime Minister, polling a total of 31 votes.
Sogavare Leads New Coalition Group

Sogavare Leads New Coalition Group

Manasseh Sogavare will lead a new coalition group, consisting of those MPs at the Honiara Hotel, the United Democratic Party (UDP) and the Peoples Alliance Party (PAP). It now seems likely that Sogavare will lead a new government, but with the slimmest of majority.
“Already four political parties have formed a coalition, and they have made it public, and have complied and submitted necessary documentations to the Commission,” he said.

Lobbying Intensifies as PM Election Date Announced

Lobbying for the position of Prime Minister and the right to form government has intensified with both camps claiming to have the numbers.

Governor General Sets Date for PM Election

The Governor General Sir Frank Ofagioro Kabui has set December 9 for the election of the Prime Minister by virtue of section 33(1) of the Constitution.
“We are aware that during the campaign period some candidates told voters that they would be able to find out who the voted for. This is simply not the case,” Mr Haununu said.

Your Vote is Safe and Secure: SIEC

The Solomon Islands Electoral Commission (SIEC) maintains that all votes cast in the 2014 National General Election are being kept under tight security to ensure the secrecy of the vote.
“These are figures that we should all be proud of. They represent a significant milestone in the management of clean and fair elections in Solomon Islands.”

Record Voter Turnout in Solomon Islands Elections: SIEC

The Solomon Islands Electoral Commission (SIEC) has confirmed that the recent National General Elections recorded the highest ever voter turnout, with 89.93% of all registered voters casting their ballot.
“We have done everything according to the Integrity Act, beginning with the 7 days time-frame for the formation of a coalition group after election results are declared,” a source close to the coalition told Solomon Times.

SIPRA to Lead Coalition Government

The Solomon Islands Party for Rural Advancement (SIPRA) is expected to lead the newly formed government, with an election date for the PM likely to be announced by the Governor General this week.

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