8 May 2007

Solomons PM appoints former minister as RAMSI delegate

3:35 pm on 8 May 2007

The Solomon Islands prime minister, Manasseh Sogavare, has appointed a special envoy to the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands .

Mr Sogavare chose Michael Maina - a former police minister who was sacked from cabinet two years ago after he had been charged with theft.

The emissary will ensure that RAMSI keeps to its mandate under the Facilitation of International Assistance Act that legalises its operation in Solomon Islands.

A statement says the special envoy will be supported by a standing committee of respectable citizens who will be called upon when the country's position is to be taken on important issues.

Mr Maina will work from the office of the Prime Minister and his appointment will last the term of the government.