5 Jun 2007

Solomons political party adopts neutrality policy

8:46 am on 5 June 2007

Solomon Islands longest surviving political party, People's Alliance Party (PAP) has withdrawn its support from the Parliamentary Opposition.

More than 20 supporters and their Parliamentary Wing Leader, North East Choiseul MP, Clement Kengava unanimously agreed that PAP withdraw from the Opposition in an extraordinary meeting held in Honiara at the weekend.

Other PAP MPs, former Prime Minister Sir Allan Kemakeza, former High Commissioner to Australia and North Vella Lavella MP Milner Tozaka and Shortland Islands MP and Minister of Women, Youth and Children Affairs, Augustine Taneko were absent from the meeting.

The meeting agreed that the main reason for the withdrawal is the PAP has been non-functional since the 2006 April Riots in Honiara therefore, it needs urgent revamping.

The meeting resolved that the party would remain neutral of the Government and of the Opposition.