Solomon Islands Caretaker Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare was bestowed the prestigious chiefly title from the people of Choiseul Province, marking a significant cultural event for the region.

The conferral of a chief title holds great significance for the people of Choiseul Province, and such an honor is not bestowed lightly.

Reverend Leslie Boseto is the only other individual who has received this title, recognizing his substantial contributions to the United Church and religion in general.

Caretaker Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare was installed as a chief in acknowledgment of his remarkable 27-year political career, particularly highlighting his successful five-year term as the Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands.

In accordance with Choiseul Province's cultural norms, the bestowal of such recognition is a rare and exceptional occurrence.

Individuals considered for a chiefly title must demonstrate a distinguished record of service to the people, a criterion fittingly met by Caretaker PM Sogavare.

Having joined the public service sector in the early 1960s, the Caretaker Prime Minister has proven himself as a seasoned public servant. He ascended through the ranks to become the Inland Revenue Commissioner, ultimately serving as the Permanent Secretary in his last position.

In 1997, he entered parliament as the Member of East Choiseul constituency, a position he has held ever since. This year marks an impressive 27 years in politics for the Caretaker Prime Minister.

Notably, he has served over nine years as the Prime Minister, spanning from 2000-2001, 2006-2007, 2014-2017, and from 2019 to the present day. The forthcoming chiefly title stands as a testament to his enduring commitment and service to the people of Choiseul Province and the Solomon Islands. 

Source: Press Release