Politics Archive December 2007

Sogavare Accuses Government on Moti Deportation

The former Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, has accused the new government of 'evading law and proper procedures' in the deportation of former Attorney-General, Julian Moti.

Moti to Face Rape Charge

Solomon Islands' former Attorney-General, Julian Moti, is behind bars in a Brisbane watch-house following his deportation to Australia to face a rape charge.

Moti Appeals Court Decision

The Central Magistrates Court in Honiara has placed an interim order in relation to the deportation of Australian lawyer, Julian Moti.

Moti To Be Extradited

In a last ditch attempt to remain in the Solomon Islands, the Attorney General, Julian Moti QC, has tried unsuccessfully to persuade the courts to stop his impending expulsion.

Attempts to Sell Government Vehicles Not Successful

An attempt by the former government to sell 15 government vehicles to former ministers has been halted.

Prime Minister Sikua Unveils Cabinet

Prime Minister, Dr. Derek Sikua, has named a new Cabinet.

New Government to Deport Attorney-General Moti

Solomon Islands' new Prime Minister, Dr. Derek Sikua, says that the controversial Attorney-General, Julian Moti, will be deported.

New Government to Ensure Parliament Authorises 2008 Expenditure

The newly appointed Prime Minister, Dr. Derek Sikua, says his government will ensure expenditure for 2008 is properly authorized by Parliament, through an appropriate resolution before 31st December 2007.

Prime Minister Sikua to Announce New Cabinet

Newly elected Prime Minister, Dr. Derek Sikua, will announce a new Cabinet line-up later today.

RAMSI Pledges to Work with New Government

RAMSI Special Coordinator, Tim George, today congratulated the Hon. Derek Sikua on his election as Prime Minister and pledged to work closely with the new government.

Sikua Government Values Relations with Regional Partners

The new government values Solomon Islands' relationship with Australia and the countries of the Pacific Islands Forum.

New Government to Improve on 'Bottom Up Approach'

The new government will support "a variety of policy initiatives" which includes improving on the "Bottom Up Approach".

Landslide Victory for Prime Minister Sikua

The Member of Parliament for Northeast Guadalcanal, Dr. Derek Sikua, beat his opponent, the outgoing Deputy Prime Minister, Patteson Oti, in a landslide victory of 32 votes to 15.

Heavy Security in Solomon Islands' Capital

Security amidst election for Solomon Islands' new Prime Minister was tight around Parliament and Honiara city.

New Prime Minister for Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands has a new Prime Minister.

New Prime Minister Should Put A Stop to Expensive Political Advisers

Transparency Solomon Islands has called on the country's new Prime Minister to make sure no more public funds are wasted on the appointment of questionable political advisors.

Solomons Opposition Claim Majority

Solomon Islands Opposition bench claims to have the majority and a standing chance in tomorrow's election for a new Prime Minister.

No Need for Government Candidate: CEO Transparency Solomon Islands

With the upcoming election of the new Prime Minister tomorrow, the Chief Executive Officer of Transparency Solomon Islands, Mr. Joses Tuhanuku, said that there is no need for a candidate from the outgoing government side.

Opposition Turns Down Challenge for Public Debate

A challenge for a public debate between the two candidates for the Prime Minister post has been turned down.

Government's Prime Minister Candidate Pledges Reconciliation as Priority

Solomon Islands' government candidate for the Prime Minister position, Patteson Oti, pledges reconciliation will be priority if elected for top post next week.

Caretaker Health Minister Revokes Commitment with Opposition

The caretaker Minister for Health and Medical Services, Clay Forau Soalaoi, revoked a commitment signed with the Opposition Group.

Solomon Islands to Elect New Prime Minister

The two political groups' fight for reign continues as candidates for Thursday's Parliamentary votes for Prime Minister were named Saturday.

Prime Minister Pays Tribute to a Colleague Parliamentarian

Caretaker Prime Minister, Hon. Manasseh Sogavare, today announced the untimely death of the Minister for Culture and Tourism and MP for Lae-Mbaelelea, Hon. Samuel Bentley Ragosomani.

Sogavare Appeals for Calm Amidst Change of Government

Caretaker Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, has appealed to the people of Solomon Islands to remain calm despite the passage in parliament of a no-confidence motion in his government yesterday.

Solomon Islands to Elect New Prime Minister

The Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, Manasseh Sogavare, has lost office in a no-confidence motion.

Solomon Islands PM Defeated in No-Confidence Motion

The Sogavare-led government has been defeated in a no confidence motion ending weeks of what has been described as a political crisis.

Government Instructs Attorney-General to Appeal High Court's Ruling

The Government of Solomon Islands has instructed the nation's Attorney General, Julian Moti, to appeal High Court's ruling yesterday.

Public Demonstration of RAMSI Military Uncalled for: Solomons Government

The Government has expressed concern over the deployment of armed personnel for members of the Parliamentary Opposition, saying such a public demonstration of military muscle is uncalled for.

Dausabea Denies Claim of Payment to Riot

The Member of Parliament for East Honiara, Hon Charles Dausabea, has categorically denied police information that he has paid people to riot again.

Solomon Islands Prepares for Political Showdown

The region is focusing its attention on Honiara as the Pacific island nation prepares to end a three-week political standoff between the Government of Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and the parliamentary opposition.

Project Coordinator Urges Public to Support Sogavare-led Government

The Head Coordinator of the East Honiara Road Development Project, Mr. Martin Augustine, has made an appeal at the Z FM studios on Monday for the general public to support the Grand Coalition for Change Government.

Finance Minister Boyers Seeks Clarification on Allocation of Funding

Minister of Finance, Peter Boyers, accused sacked Finance Minister, Gordon Darcy Lilo, of failing to follow the right procedures in seeking cabinet approval for disbursement of funds towards the post-tsunami rehabilitation process.

Solomons Government Claims Kidnap of Minister Koli

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare accused the Opposition Group for the kidnapping of the recently resigned Minister for Communication, Aviation and Meteorology, Johnson Koli.

Governor General Rejects Government's New Date for Parliament Meet

Solomon Islands' Governor General, His Excellency Sir Nathaniel Waena, rejected government's proposed December 24th date for Parliament meeting.

Government Minister Tenders Resignation

A government minister has today tendered his resignation from the Grand Coalition for Change Government to join the Opposition group.

Opposition has Majority to Form New Govt: Fono

Solomon Islands' Parliamentary Opposition maintains it has the majority to form a new government.

Solomons Political Numbers Game Continues

With the continuous number game in the Solomon Islands political crisis, government and opposition appears to sit on a tie of 24-24.

Grand Coalition to Establish State Government During Tenure

The Grand Coalition for Change Government (GCCG) is making the commitment to introduce the state government system during its term in office.

Government Proposes Date for Parliament Meeting

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has announced that the next meeting of Parliament will convene Monday, 24th December, 2007.

High Court Adjourns Moti's Case

The High Court of Solomon Islands has decided that the ruling for the case of the Attorney General, Mr. Julian Moti for this morning be adjourned for next week.

PM Wants Face-to-Face Dialogue to Resolve Strained Relationship

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare is planning to invite his new Australian counterpart, Kevin Rudd, and his Parliamentary Secretary for the Pacific, Duncan Kerr, to Honiara for face-to-face dialogues to mend Honiara's strained relationship with Canberra.

Prominent Leaders Supportive of Sir Allan

Prominent leaders have voiced their support of Sir Allan Kemakeza for the outstanding service he has given to the nation, in light of criminal charges against him.

Honiara Magistrates Court Sentences Former Prime Minister

The Honiara Magistrates Court this morning sentenced former Prime Minister and MP for Savo-Russell islands, Sir Allan Kemakeza, to two months imprisonment.

Government Appoints New Deputy Prime Minister

The Grand Coalition for Change Government has appointed its new Deputy Prime Minister.

Sogavare-led Government Appoints New Ministers

The government has filled all vacant ministerial portfolios with the appointment of three government backbenchers.

BUA - The Way Forward for SI: Prime Minister Sogavare

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare said the Bottom-up Approach development policy of his Grand Coalition for Change Government is the way forward for Solomon Islands after 29 years of a snail-paced development growth.

Khan Orders Withdrawal on Dausabea Police Surveillance

Police surveillance on East Honiara MP, Charles Dausabea, has been ordered to stop.

Opposition's CNURA Pledges to Make BUA Work

The policy statement of the 'Coalition for National Unity and Rural Advancement' stated that the Grand Coalition for Change Government's policies were put on the back-burner.

New Government to Enhance Solomons Security, Law and Order: Huni'ehu

A change of government will see to the enhancement of security, law and order in Solomon Islands.

Opposition Group Vows New Beginning for Nation

A new government in place will be a new beginning for the nation, states the Opposition group.

Voters Want WK Leader Back in Gov't

Community leaders of West Kwara'ae constituency in Malaita Province have called on their Member of Parliament, Mr. Sam Iduri, to rejoin the government for fear over the possible collapse of development projects in the constituency.