24 Jul 2007

Solomon Islands Western Province premier reiterates opposition to A.G

1:39 pm on 24 July 2007

The Solomon Islands Western Province premier, Alex Lokopio, is reiterating his opposition to the appointment of Julian Moti as Attorney General.

The premier says Moti's landing at Munda last year from Papua New Guinea, without the knowledge of his provincial government and people, speaks very poorly of him and whoever else backed the move.

Mr Lokopio told the SIBC that seven provincial premiers met with Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, last year and put it clearly to him that the appointment of Julian Moti would be unpopular unless the right steps were taken to clear his name.

He says he is surprised that after assuring the provincial premiers that their views will form the basis of any decision, the prime minister defied his promises and went ahead with the appointment.

A number of Guadalcanal MPs have given Mr Sogavare a deadline to revoke the appointment and stated that they w ould cross the floor if it didn't happen.