13 Apr 2006

Solomon Islands to get new PM - three candidates stand to replace Sir Allan

7:57 pm on 13 April 2006

The 50 newly elected MPs in Solomon Islands meet next Tuesday to select the country's leader from three nominations.

They include a former prime minister, Manessah Sogavare, who headed the government set up after the coup in June of 2000.

Snyder Rini, who has been deputy prime minister for the past five years, is also nominated, while Job Dudley Tausinga, the only MP elected unopposed, is the third candidate.

Each candidate had to be nominated by four fellow MPs.

The country's leader for the past five years, Sir Allen Kemakeza, was not nominated - his People's Alliance Party lost significant support in last week's poll.