30 Aug 2007

Solomons speaker accepts PM's apology

1:39 pm on 30 August 2007

The speaker of the Solomon Islands parliament, Sir Peter Kenilorea, has acceped an apology from the prime minister for asking Sir Peter to leave his post ahead of a no confidence debate.

The prime minister, Manasseh Sogavare, asked the speaker to leave his seat as parliament was about to debate a no confidence motion into his government three weeks ago.

The prime minister has now apologised in parliament as well as publicly for his remarks and Sir Peter Kenilorea says he is grateful.

"I was appreciative of the gesture by the honorable, the prime minister, for expressing his apology and I accepted it in the spirit it was extended to me. I very much hope so that the speaker's position is not that easy and it can be a lonely at times, and yet it is a necessary post to have in parliament proceedings."

Sir Peter Kenilorea says his job is to ensure a smooth operation of parliament.