25 Jul 2007

Solomon Islands prime minister remains firm on attorney general appointment

10:25 am on 25 July 2007

The Prime Minister of Solomon Islands has refused to reconsider the fugitive lawyer Julian Moti's appointment as attorney general, despite a reported rebellion by MPs.

Mr Moti was sworn in as attorney-general earlier this month, even though Australia is seeking his extradition on child sex charges.

MPs from Guadalcanal Province have threatened to withdraw their support for the Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare unless he dumps Mr Moti from the job.

The MPs include Dr Derek Sikua, Peter Shanel, Siriako Usa and Nollen Leni.

However, a spokeswoman for the Prime Minister says the reports are untrue and Mr Sogavare will not be making any changes.

The MPs spokesman, Peter Shanel, could not be contacted.

A spokesman earlier said Mr Sogavare had two weeks to respond to their demands or the MPs would cross the floor and support an opposition no-confidence motion in his leadership.