10 Dec 2007

Solomon Islands speaker stands by Governor-General's date for parliament sitting

2:37 pm on 10 December 2007

The speaker of the Solomon Islands parliament, Sir Peter Kenilorea, says parliament is still officially set to resume this Thursday.

This is despite the Prime Minister's office announcing Christmas Eve as the new date for the much awaited sitting of parliament.

It's a week later than the date set by the Governor General Sir Nathaniel Waena, who had stepped into the debate over when the house should resume.

The Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare says his schedule allows time for the Finance Minister to have next year's budget ready for parliament.

But Sir Peter says he's planning for a parliamentary meeting on the 13th.

"I'm still going by the date proclaimed by his excellency the Governor General. I've not had any official notification of the change of date as yet. I've heard of course, through the media, that that's the view of the Prime Minister but I've not received any official notification."

Sir Peter Kenilorea