14 Aug 2007

Solomons speaker unclear whether new no confidence motion is legal

2:49 pm on 14 August 2007

The speaker of the Solomon Islands parliament says he is seeking legal advice before deciding on whether to allow a parliamentary debate into the latest motion of no confidence.

The motion was tabled by MP, William Haomae, last Friday, soon after another motion by the opposition was withdrawn.

Sir Peter Kenilorea says he can't allow a debate in parliament because the issue is before the court.

"Since the motion was moved by a member of parliament whose similar motion was also disqualified in a February meeting and it has therefore now become a court case, I have decided to seek further legal advice on this particular one before lying it on the noticed paper."

Sir Peter Kenilorea says it also cannot be discussed this week, because it does not meet the constitutional requirement of having been noticed for seven working days.