8 Jun 2007

Solomons PM accuses unnamed opposition agent of attempted bribery

3:23 pm on 8 June 2007

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, has accused the parlimentary opposition of trying to bribe his ministers to change sides.

Mr Sogavare says a senior government minister was offered a cash bribe of over 6,800 US dollars by an alleged opposition agent to cross over.

The prime minister says the agent allegedly told the minister to influence other government MPs with the promise of cash to switch sides.

Mr Sogavare has described the alleged act as a disgusting strategy to overthrow his God-protected coalition government.

He says he will refer the matter to police.

The opposition leader, Fred Fono, has dismissed the accusations.

Last month, the opposition accused the government of offering ministerial posts to its members in a bid to boost government numbers.