8 Jul 2008

Solomons plans law to stop party-hopping

1:16 pm on 8 July 2008

A bill to stop MPs crossing the floor in the Solomon Islands Parliament will be tabled later this year, in an effort to end instability.

Addressing the country to mark its 30th Independence Anniversary, the Prime Minister Derek Sikua says this law will ensure loyalty is maintained.

He says the interests of the nation will be maintained and not the MPs personal interests.

Currently in Solomon Islands there is no law prohibiting MPs from crossing the floor or limiting the number of no confidence motions tabled in parliament, which some commentators see as a gross abuse of the system.