14 Jan 2008

Former Solomons PM defends his record

8:40 am on 14 January 2008

Former Prime Minister,and current Leader of the Solomon Islands Parliamentary Opposition, Manasseh Sogavare says he has no regrets over his decision which led to the downfall of his Government .

Responding to criticisms by critics who felt he could have saved the Grand Coalition for Change Government if he had stepped aside as Prime Minister and allowed for a new leadership within the same camp, Mr Sogavare said such a view was absurd nonsense.

He told the SIBC that unlike former Prime Ministers who resigned before debate on a no confidence motion against them for misconduct in office, his case was not one of misconduct.

Mr Sogavare said dislike for him was based on his leadership style, and he saw no good reason to bow out from office by way of resignation.

He said felt he did the right thing by insisting he could only be removed from office on the floor of parliament.