22 Mar 2005

Solomons agriculture minister resigns to take ACP job in Brussels

10:24 pm on 22 March 2005

The Solomon Islands agriculture minister, Alfred Sasako, has resigned from the government and parliament to take up a job in Brussels.

Mr Sasako quit the opposition last year to join the government as agriculture minister after the previous minister, Alex Bartlett, was charged with arson and other crimes.

Mr Sasako has been an MP since 1997 and he had also been a minister until the government he was part of was ousted in a coup in 2000.

He says he will now take up a job at the secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific group in Brussels.

"The compelling reason for my resignation is that I think it is an important appointment and Solomon Islands ought to be represented in an organisation such as the African, Caribbean and Pacific group of states secretariat."

Alfred Sasako.

In further changes, James Tora is to take over the reconciliation ministry from the caretaker minister, Michael Maina, was sacked after he was charged with theft.