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Monday, May 07, 2007

Opposition MP urges Solomons prime minister Sogavare to resign

The Member of Parliament for East Are Are and the Chairman of the Bills and Legislation Parliamentary Committee Edward Huniehu is calling on Solomons Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare to resign so that the Julian Moti issue can be resolved.

Mr Huniehu says the Prime Minister's continued defence of Julian Moti and the announcement that he will now be appointed Attorney General defies all logic of good governance and rational decision making at the highest political level.

He says it will be a disgrace to see Julian Moti who is wanted for trial for juvenile sex charges in his country of adoption becoming the next Attorney General of Solomon Islands.

Mr Huniehu says the Julian Moti saga had resulted in a number of embarrassing experiences which had eroded the reputation of Solomon Islands amongst its development partners.

He calls on the Legal Fraternity Association and the Civil Society to rise against such action which is totally not in the best interest of the country.

Mr Huniehu also suggests that members of the Cabinet and Public Servants who are opposed to the appointment of Julian Moti as Attorney General to resign in protest against such actions.

Meanwhile, anti corruption group the Transparency Solomon Islands is also urging the Prime Minister to abandon his attempts to impose Julian Moti on the nation as Attorney General.

TSI says Mr Moti’s history of interfering in the country’s political and legal systems ruled him out as a suitable candidate for the nation’s top legal post.

The Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, is continuing in efforts to appoint Mr Moti despite a Public Service Commission suspension. Transparency believes this indicates there would be little respect for the rule of law from a government advised by Julian Moti.

It says Mr Moti’s presence in the country was already seriously threatening the independence of Solomon Islands legal system. The group alleges that Mr Moti has been advising the government on how they can ’get-around’ their legal and constitutional obligations.

Sources: SIBC & RNZI

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