17 Dec 2007

Solomons police maintain numbers on Honiara streets in countdown to PM vote

7:31 pm on 17 December 2007

Solomon Islands police are maintaining an increased presence on the streets of Honiara this week, with MPs expected to vote in a new Prime Minister on Thursday.

On that day 3-hundred extra officers will be on duty.

After last week's toppling of Manasseh Sogavare's government in a no-confidence vote, the former Education Minister, Derek Sikua, will contest the position against Mr Sogavare's Foreign Minister, Patteson Oti.

Deputy Commissioner, Peter Marshall, says 'Operation Parliament' is about ensuring the police are prepared for anything.

"There's been no intelligence to say there's been any disorder, will be any disorder. We're very concerned about any oppurtunistic acts that might occur, or any acts by criminals, and we're confident that we'll be able to nip that in the bud before anything happens."

Peter Marshall says officers are keeping an eye on the hotels many politicians are staying in, but the main focus is on the streets of Honiara.


The Solomon Islands care taker Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare refused to meet the Governor General Sir Nathaniel Waena for his weekly briefing at Government House today..

Mr Sogavare was reportedly angry over the Governor General calling Parliament last Thursday - a meeting at which Mr Sogavare was voted out of office.

Government sources say Mr Sogavare felt no need to meet the Governor General since he had lost confidence in him.

But later in the day Sir Nathaniel forced his way into the Prime Minister's Office and held a closed door discussion with Mr Sogavare.