27 Dec 2006

Solomons' PM acknowleges work of former deputy PM

11:12 am on 27 December 2006

The Solomon's Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, says he was sorry to see his former Deputy Prime Minister ,Job Duddley Tausinga, leave the government camp as a result of his resignation from his Cabinet post.

Mr Sogavare told the Solomon Isalnds Broadcasting Corporation that the former deputy Prime Minister disagreed with the government over the export of round logs felled in his own constituency.

The Prime Minister says his decision to reshuffle Mr Tausinga to another Ministry was simple and straight forward.

He says the action was the only way to resolving an impasse over the export of the logs for which the former DPP refused to issue an export license.

Mr Tausinga has been replaced as Deputy Prime Minister by Toswell Kaua an MP for an electorate in North Malaita.