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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Solomons opposition wing questions government's approach to BUA policy

The Solomon Islands Parliamentary Opposition says it still questions the national government's approach to its policy of Bottom Up Approach (BUA) on development.

Caretaker leader and MP of East AreAre, Edward Huniehu says there is a difference of opinions between the Opposition and government over how implementation of the policy could succeed. He says the opposition still demands government for an explanation on specific strategies on how it will implement the bottom up approach development concept.

Mr Huniehu says the opposition also holds conflicting views to that of Government on issues like the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, RAMSI, Government interference to the Judiciary, rearmament and good governance.

But Mr Huniehu says while the opposition's position as a watchdog to government is provided for under the constitution, it does not mean it has to disagree with everything government does.

He says the Opposition is mindful that where there is justification for Government action it will give due support. He says one example is the support the Opposition anticipates in giving Government when it takes up to parliament a draft bill on Political Party integrity.

Mr Huniehu says the Opposition will support Government in the introduction of such Bill because it will stabilize political party system in Solomon Islands.

It is understood the proposed Bill will restrict MPs moving from one political party to another. Those who defy such rule could face disciplinary action which may result in disqualification as an MP.

Source: SIBC

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