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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Solomon Islands' Prime Minister confident that Motion of No Confidence move against his government will be a easy walk over.

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare yesterday issued a strong warning to the Opposition: His Government is not scared of the Motion of No Confidence.

Mr Sogavare told the Solomon Star: “We will walk over it.
“I’m not worried about that one bit it will be hot air, raising the same issues.” To support his statement, Mr Sogavare displayed a list signed by Members of Parliament who are supporting his Government.

The list, as witnessed by the Solomon Star, goes well past the 25 required to ensure the Government stays in power. The Opposition plans to table a Motion of No Confidence in the Sogavare-led Government when Parliament meets a week from today.

There has been speculation that the 16-month-old Government may collapse, amidst controversy over a number of issues. But Mr Sogavare invited the Solomon Star to view his signed list, the latest signature being added yesterday.

Amongst those who have signed are Guadalcanal MPs who had been expected to leave the Government if the rearming of local Police officers went ahead.

Mr Sogavare said: “I want you to tell the nation that the Government is not scared of the Motion of No Confidence.
“We fear nothing” in fact we’re going to step over it.”

In addition Mr Sogavare said he does not care who leads the Opposition, amid rumours that it may change its leadership before the motion in a bid to build more support.

Former prime minister and opposition leader Francis Billy Hilly is one name that has been speculated about possibly taking over from Fred Fono. But a confident Mr Sogavare said: “I don’t care who becomes the leader of opposition. It’s up them, I just take whoever comes.”

Source: Solomon star.

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