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Monday, May 08, 2006

New Zealand not happy with SI Cabinet composition

Prime Minister Helen Clark says she is "aghast" at the appointment of two MPs accused of inciting last month's violent riots, into the Solomon Islands cabinet.

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has handed Charles Dausabea the police and national security portfolio and Nelson Ne'e Culture and Tourism.

Both were arrested and charged with inciting the riots that erupted in Honiara last month after Snyder Rini was elected prime minister amid corruption allegations. Mr Rini resigned after a week in office as Prime Minister.

Mr Sogavare has said that there was nothing wrong with the appointments as the charges against the ministers were unsubstantiated and unproven.

But Helen Clark said the appointments risked further damaging the already fragile international reputation of Solomon Islands.

Overseas reports say, there's going to be very strong views from New Zealand, that these appointments would have serious ramifications not only for the Solomon Islands but also for its international reputation.

Australia's foreign minister Alexander Downer has also condemned the appointments as surprising and disappointing.

Mr Sogavare has said the appointments were a collective government decision, but he would be open to discussions with Mr Downer and New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters when they visit Solomon Islands later this month.

News Source: SIBC Online (


  • At 11:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    are there no other members who are capable of heading a ministry? why does mr.sogavare have to choose someone in the cells to be a minister, it doesn't make sense, probably something to do with politics, right?
    i remembered that mr.fono said that he received support from those two who are in jail before the pm's election so i guess the ministerial portfolios was sogovare's way of buying the two mp's votes.
    speaking of transparency!!this is a disgrace to your country, Mr.PM.

  • At 3:36 PM, Anonymous Student said…

    that's really true anonymous....I think he must have offered ministerial portfolios for for those two jailed MPs that's why they swtiched their support towards Sogavare....what a shame Mr PM!!!!

    There are 7 MPs in the current government coalition that are not offered ministerial positions....they have the qualities but just overlooked by the PM.

    Maybe the PM is afraid that if the two MPs for the two constituencies whose dwellers played a huge role in his election as PM, are not offered positions they might oust him as well thought but not convincing enough mate....Solomon Islands is going down the drain again....and for how long??????


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