21 Feb 2007

Solomons no confidence motion still to be tabled in parliament

10:40 am on 21 February 2007

The tabling of a vote of no confidence motion against the leadership of Solomons Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare seems unlikely to take place on Friday.

A correspondent in Honiara says the Government has been tight-lipped on the order of proceedings of parliament for the remainder of this week, but with only three days remaining, today's provisional order paper suggests the tabling of the no-confidence motion may be delayed.

The last agenda item of any parliament meeting is the debate on the Sine Die Motion and this will be introduced by the Prime Minister today after the Second and Third Readings of the Governors-General Pensions and Benefit Bill.

Debate on the Sine Die Motion will continue tomorrow and paliament could end after that.

Since the notice for the no-confidence motion was lodged last Friday, it requires seven days before the motion can be tabled on the floor of parliament, meaning the motion can only be tabled this Friday or any day thereafter.

The mover of the No-Confidence Motion, MP William Haomae, says it is possible that parliament might end tomorrow

He says if parliament does not continue until Friday it will show that the Government is scared of facing the no-confidence motion.

The no confidence motion is the second to be lodged against Mr Sogavare since becoming Prime Minister 10-months ago.