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Friday, April 21, 2006

PM Faces Motion of No Confidence

News by Evan Wasuka and adapted from Solomon Star Online.

A political coalition that had contested the Prime Minister's election is moving to oust new Prime Minister Snyder Rini through a motion of no confidence.

Group spokesman and former Prime Minister Francis Billy Hilly said they had lodged a notice of no confidence yesterday. The move comes after two days of looting in Honiara sparked by the election of Mr Rini as Prime Minister.

He said it would take seven days for the notice to come into effect and they are expected to debate the matter in Parliament on Wednesday. "It is the most cleanest and the proper way of changing the Prime Minister," said Mr Hilly. Our power is in Parliament House and that is where we are going, he said.Mr Hilly's group led by the Member of Parliament for North New Georgia Job Dudley Tausinga has the support of 25 members. He said that talks are underway with other members who feel that the best way to solve the current problems facing the country would be through parliamentary processes.

Mr Tausinga lost the Prime Minister's election 23-27 against Mr Rini but since then has gained the support of two members from Mr Rini's camp. On Wednesday, Patrick Vahoe, the member for Malaita Outer Islands crossed the floor and was yesterday joined by the member for South Vella Lavella Trevor Olovae. Mr Hilly said if the motion was passed it would annul the election of the Prime Minister. "Then the whole process will start again with the nomination of new candidates. And we will vote for a new Prime Minister." "So although it doesn't completely answer the concern of the public, we are taking it back to Parliament, that is where our power is." He said he hoped that the public could see that they were trying to resolve the situation using the constitution. Mr Hilly said if the outcome of the next elections turn out the same then it would show how insensitive the members are to public concern. "The effects could be even more devastating than what we have already seen."

Members who have pledged their support to Tausinga's camp are; Francis Billy Hilly, Joses Sanga, Patterson Oti, Bartholomew Ulufa√°lu, Dr Derick Sikua, Nollen Leni, Gordon Lilo Darcy, Martin Magga, Francis Zama, Bernard Ghiro, Issac Inoke, Charles Dausabea, Japhet Waiepora, Nelson Ne'e, Bishop Leslie Boseto, Toswell Kaua, Samuel Manetoali, Samuel Rogosomani, Peter Tom, Sam Iduri, Stanley Sofu, Trevor Olovae, Patrick Vahoe and Steve Abana.

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