10 Nov 2017

Rick Hou nominated as candidate for Solomons PM

1:31 pm on 10 November 2017

The deadline for nominations for next week's parliamentary election of a prime minister close today.

Rick Hou

Rick Hou Photo: RNZ Dorothy Wickham

This came after prime minister Manasseh Sogavare was ousted in a vote of no-confidence by MPs on Monday.

Two main groups are lobbying to form the new government.

Mr Sogavare's group, which lost the no-confidence vote by 27 votes to 23 in the 50-seat parliament, said it was confident of claiming a majority again.

It has nominated Mr Hou, the MP for Small Malaita and a former Central Bank Governor.

The opposite group was expecetd to submit its nomination by this afternoon.

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