6 Dec 2007

Oti named as new deputy PM in Solomon Islands

4:22 pm on 6 December 2007

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has announced the appointment of Patterson Oti as his new Deputy Prime Minister.

Mr Oti is the MP for Temotu/Nende and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Immigration and External Trade.

The Deputy Prime Minister's post was vacated last month when the previous holder, Toswell Kaua, defected to the Opposition bench with nine other government MPs.

Mr Sogavare said the new appointment shows the trust and confidence he has in the leadership skills of Mr Oti.