13 Dec 2007

Solomons parliament debates no confidence motion

4:13 pm on 13 December 2007

The Solomon Islands parliament is debating a motion of no-confidence in the leadership of the Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.

The motion was moved by the former Education Minister Derek Sikua who defected from government with eleven other MPs early last month, demanding Mr Sogavare's resignation.

The long-awaited parliamentary sitting got underway this morning after a High Court action launched by Mr Sogavare to delay parliament was dismissed yesterday.

Dr Sikua has told parliament that Solomon Islanders have lost their confidence in Mr Sogavare.

He has criticised the Prime Minister for sacrificing key international donor partnerships to protect his attorney general, Julian Moti, who is wanted in Australia to face historical child sex charges.

Dozens of extra police officers are patrolling the streets of Honiara today as a precaution against political events triggering public unrest.