8 Jan 2008

New Solomon Island government cuts number of political appointees

11:47 am on 8 January 2008

The Solomon Islands new government has halved the number of political appointees and slashed the salaries for those it plans to appoint.

The Solomon Star reports some of these political appointees are said to have been paid more than the permanent secretaries running the ministries.

The chair of the new government caucus says the list is to be finalised this week, but it has agreed to reduce the number of political appointees from 21 to 11.

Daniel Enele Kwanairara says it also plans to reduce their salaries.

Mr Kwanairara says the major cutback is part of the new government's commitment to save money.