24 Nov 2007

Solomon Islands opposition says government's move is desperate

12:42 pm on 24 November 2007

The leader of the Solomon Islands opposition Fred Fono says the government's High Court action over the current political impasse is a desperate attempt to stop parliament meeting.

Attorney General Julian Moti is seeking High Court clarifications on constitutional provisions that would allow the Governor General to intervene in the current political impasse.

This comes as both supporters and opponents of Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare continue to claim the support of a majority of MPs.

Mr Fono, who along with the Governor-General has been named as defendant in the Court action, says the Prime Minister is wasting everyone's time by not calling parliament to resolve the impasse.

"The Prime Minister and Julian Moti are abusing the process of the High Court and parliament. Mr Moti has abused the processes of the parliament and the High Court previously. The parliament must be allowed to deal with the political and constitutional issues and not to be strangled by court proceedings."

Meanwhile, the Governor General is requesting that the Prime Minister set a new date and time for Parliament to meet.