30 Aug 2007

Solomons PM apologises for poor behaviour in parliament

4:21 pm on 30 August 2007

The Solomon Islands prime minister, Manasseh Sogavare, has publicly apologised to the speaker of parliament for asking him to leave his post ahead of a debate of a no confidence motion .

Mr Sogavare asked Sir Peter Kenilorea, to leave his seat before the debate three weeks ago.

The prime minister's private secretary, John Roughan, says Mr Sogavare has now apologised both in parliament and in public for the remarks he made.

"He thought himself out of line, in the heat of the moment that he said something that he regretted and he publicly apologised to the speaker of the house who has a difficult time."

John Roughan says the prime minister acknowledges that the speaker has often a hard time to ensure the smooth operation of parliament.