19 Nov 2007

Solomons PM says truth will resolve latest political turmoil

6:04 am on 19 November 2007

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, says the latest political battle in the country will be won on truth and justice.

Mr Sogavare has hit out at those he claims are responsible for the current political turmoil in the country.

Nine ministers and several backbenchers defected from the government last weekend, but their efforts to convene parliament for a vote of no confidence have been unsuccessful.

Mr Sogavare says he has nothing to hide, and only God can take him down.

He also says allegations by the opposition group that he is anti RAMSI are wrong, and that his government has never wanted to chase RAMSI out of the country.

On the attorney general, he says the opposition has continued to make misleading statements about his relationship with Julian Moti.

He says he believes there is nothing he can do to change their minds about Julian Moti.

Manasseh Sogavare also maintains he is still in charge of the country.

"I would like to assure the people of Solomon Islands that the government is still in control and we are confident to resolve this matter is the next few days."