Solomon Islands has a new Prime Minister
He is Dr Derek Sikua, member of parliament for Northeast Guadalcanal.
Dr Sikua won the secret ballot vote with 32 votes. His opponent, the outgoing deputy prime minister Patteson Oti collected 15 votes.
Governor General Sir Nathaniel Waena declared Dr. Sikua's election, after an hour of voting.
In his acceptance speech, Dr Sikua said he was humbled by the trust which parliament had placed on him as the country’s prime minister.
He also thanked all Solomon Islanders who were burdened by the recent leadership crisis.
“I thank God for the peace that has prevailed during these difficult days, as answers to you prayers. I thank you also for your understanding in commitment and abiding by our laws."
He urged Christians to continue to pray so that God will grant him the wisdom and understanding to lead the country in honesty and truth.
Dr. Sikua also thanked the out-going prime minister Manasseh Sogavare for leading the country in the last 18 months.
“I offer our sincere apologies to you for any hurt that we may have caused you in the recent weeks and I pray that we will continue to work together for the betterment of our country over the remaining life of this parliament."
The new prime minister will be sworn in by the Governor General at Government House this afternoon.