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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Rini's Cabinet Ministers will be announced as early as tomorrow

The new government of Snyder Rini will announce half of its Cabinet ministers by tomorrow.

The Prime Minister elect, Hon. Snyder Rini, told the media during a press conference when asked how soon he would announce his Cabinet.He said he would stick to the 20 Cabinet ministers, just the same as the last government.

When asked what was his reaction to a rowdy crowd that gathered and shouted outside the Parliament House, demanding a re-election, the prime minister said: “Let them have their say and express their views. This is a democratic country.”

He said he would have a dialogue with them later. “I’m feeling comfortable today despite of the shout from the crowd. It is safer today than in 2001,” he said.

On the allegation that money had been used by outsiders to influence the formation of his government, Snyder Rini flatly denied that. “These allegations hold no water at all,” the newly elected Prime Minister said.

Snyder Rini was chosen over his rival, Job Tausinga, during the second round of the election in a secret ballot. One of the contenders, Hon. Manasseh Sogavare, was eliminated during the first round. Job Tausinga polled 22 during the first round while Snyder Rini was second with 17. It was believed that 10 of Sogavare’s 11 votes swung to secure the post of PM for Snyder Rini. Hon. Rini polled 27 and Tausinga 23.

Snyder Rini was the Deputy Prime Minister in the last government and held the portfolio of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources. He was back into Parliament for the third term during the April 5 national elections. Snyder Rini was first elected into Parliament as member for Marovo in 1997 and was Minister for Finance from July 2000 to December 2001.

July 2000 – December 2001 – Minister for Finance. He also held the portfolios as Minister for National Planning and Human Resources Development/Deputy Prime Minister from December 2001 to December 2002.

From December 10 2002 to 2003 he was Minister for Finance and Treasury/Deputy Prime Minister. From 2004 until the end of the last government in April this year, Snyder was Minister for Education as well as Deputy Prime Minister.

News by: Alfred Maesulia (Government Communications Unit)

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