MPs in Solomon Islands have rejected a move seeking a dissolution of parliament.
The Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation reports the former prime minister, Bartholomew Ulufa'alu, brought a motion to dissolve parliament dissolved by the end of September, two months earlier than scheduled under the Constitution.
Mr Ulufa'alu says since members are no longer performing their duties as expected of them, there is no need for them to stay in office until the end of their term in December.
Opposing the motion, Dr Steve Aumanu, the MP for Baegu Asifola constituency, pointed out that only the voters had the mandate to ask their parliamentary representatives to dissolve the house early.
Dr Aumanu said the best thing MPs should do is to work extra hard and complete the remaining tasks expected of them.