29 Nov 2007

Solomons Opposition remains determined despite latest defections to government

3:20 pm on 29 November 2007

The Solomon Islands opposition says it still has the momentum to remove the Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare despite losing two MPs to his government this week.

Johnson Koli and Peter Boyers have been sworn in as Minister of Communications, Aviation and Meteorology, and Minister of Finance respectively.

These are the latest defections since the mass resignation from the government of at least ten MPs earlier this month.

The government has gone to court to challenge Governor-General Sir Nathaniel Waena's decision to recall parliament on December 13 so Mr Sogavare can face a vote of no-confidence.

MP Steve Abana says although the government appears to have evened up the numbers of MPs, his opposition colleagues can still pull more MPs over.

"Lobbying is very intense, happening every day. Whatever has been there, the substance to lure MPs to the other side... but we're very determined. When parliament sits we'll try and consolidate again and improve on our number."

Steve Abana