23 Nov 2007

Solomon Islands Parliament to sit December 13 - says Governor General

3:57 pm on 23 November 2007

The Solomon Islands governor general, Sir Nathaniel Waena has set December 13 as the new date for the National Parliament to meet.

He announced the new date this morning in a proclamation.

Sir Nathaniel says he set the date after he discussed the political impasse with the Prime minister, Manasseh Sogavare.

He says both the prime minister and the government agreed with him that parliament must meet to approve a resolution, which will empower government to spend funds from the Consolidated Fund in the first three months of 2008.

Sir Nathaniel says it is not possible for Parliament to deliberate on the 2008 budgets estimates this year.

In another new political development, former education minister, Dr Derek Sikua says he has already submitted to Parliament a notice for a motion of no confidence in Mr Sogavare's leadership.

Dr Sikua is one of the eight ministers who had resigned from the Sogavare Government.