5 Jun 2006

Solomons government seeks to hire critic as top secretary - source

12:29 pm on 5 June 2006

Reports from Solomon Islands say the new government wants to hire a critic of the previous administration to hold a senior post.

A highly placed source says the prime minister, Manasseh Sogavare, wants to employ John Roughan of the Solomon Islands Development Trust as secretary to the government and cabinet.

The source has declined to say why the government wants to hire a critic but reports say the new administration has been impressed with Mr Roughan's advocacy for change.