15 Nov 2002

Solomons opposition pessimistic about 2003

10:58 am on 15 November 2002

The opposition in Solomon Islands says the new year will be difficult for Solomon Islanders.

The opposition leader, Patteson Oti, has accused the prime minister, Sir Allan Kemakeza, of failing to provide the leadership needed to implement fiscal measures that would help the country recover.

Mr Oti claims international financial institutions are predicting that 2003 is going to be a much more difficult year for Solomon Islanders.

The opposition leader says the government has thrown away its opportunities to start addressing some of the country's immediate issues this year.

Mr Oti says Solomon Islanders must be prepared to face more suffering next year.