Solomons minister to rejoin government, days after quitting

1:46 pm on 3 May 2016

Unconfirmed reports from Solomon Islands say the Infrastructure Minister Jimmy Lusibaea has decided to rejoin government only days after leaving it.

Mr Lusibaea resigned last week amid disagreements over long-running issues at the Solomon Islands Ports Authority, which last week led to the sacking of its chief executive Colin Yow.

Honiara port

Honiara Port. Long-running issues with the Port Authority led to Mr Lusibaea walking out of government. Photo: RNZ Koroi Hawkins

But our correspondent in Honiara says government officials say Mr Lusibaea is being brought back into the fold along with 12 other government MPs who had joined him in walking out on government.

It is understood one of the conditions he has placed on reassuming his portfolio is for the entire Ports Authority board to be replaced next year.

Attempts to confirm the reports with the Office of the Prime Minister have been unsuccessful, however, the office of the Governor General says there has so far been no advice to have Mr Lusibaea sworn in again.