24 Nov 2009

Solomon Islands PM says locals want a sound political system

10:21 am on 24 November 2009

The Solomon Islands prime minister, Dr Derek Sikua, says Solomon Islanders want a sound political system that provides for a more stable political climate.

Dr Sikua made the sentiment during his tabling of a Parliament motion on the Constitution (Political Parties Amendment) Bill 2009.

He says the Bill is the testimony of the desire by the wider local community to reform the country's political system.

Dr Sikua says the wider consultations overwhelmingly called for the Parliament to support the Bill, adding useful comments were collected and incorporated into it.

He says the Constitution (Political Parties Amendment) Bill 2009 is balanced and does not tilt to any one side, but rather it takes the middle ground to ensure a good balanced approach to achieving a more stable political system.

The Prime Minister also brushed aside calls by government critics to delay the Bill or to alter certain parts of it, but he has decided against delaying it any further because the people have voiced their support for its passing by Parliament.