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Friday, April 14, 2006

1Choiseul and 2 Western MPs nominated for PM's post

Hi! It's been another hectic week.

Here, at home while the national elections are over, another, the election of the new Prime Minister have to wait until Tuesday 18 April.

The news is that Prime Minister, Sir Allan Kemakeza is not seeking re-election to the post.

The three candidates who will be contesting the PM's post are: MP for North New Georgia and leader of Rural Advancement Party, Job Duddley Tausinga; leader of Independents group and M-P for Marovo Snyder Rini and leader for SoCred Party, M-P for East Choiseul Manasseh Sogavare. The nominations were announced by Governor General Sir Nathaniel Waena at the close of nominations 4pm yesterday afternoon.

There have been much lobbying between the different parties that have members in Parliament. Few of them have been successful in getting their members nominated. The situation is very confusing, because the party affiliations that some of the members and parties submitted to the Electoral Office prior to the election, has changed as they were elected.

This is a sad affair as the people and parties are left to scratch their heads, in shock, disbelieve and for some in anger. People are confused as to who is telling the truth. Even some members go to one lobbying camp in the morning, then in the afternoon join another. This is what former Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare did yesterday, before nominations for the Prime Minister closed at 4pm.

People from many quarters have spoken of huge sums of money changing hands during this lobbying period. The atmosphere remains fluid and nobody can really tell who will win the PM's post.

The long Easter weekend is ample time for the MPs to digest what is being put before them. They will either take one road or the other. They either bow down to money to become members for themselves and their close relatives and friends, which seems the easy way. They difficult road is being honest and ready to serve, and become a servant of the people of Solomon Islands.

Government Communications Unit reported that Mr Rini was nominated by Hon. Edward Huniehu, Hon. Enele Kwanairara, Hon. James Tora and Hon. Selwyn Riumana. It is not clear which honourable members nominated the other two PM candidates. Lobbying is expected to be intense over the long easter weekend until the election of a new PM on tuesday next week.

News Sources: Joe Inomae (Joeblog) &
Johnson Honimae (Government Communications Unit)

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