22 Jul 2008

Solomons deputy PM accuses opposition of evil strategies

10:27 am on 22 July 2008

The Solomon Islands deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Rural development Fred Fono has accused Opposition leader Manasseh Sogavare of using unconventional means to try to oust the government.

The SIBC reports that Mr Fono says the Opposition leader has written to former militants to support him in a motion of no confidence now before Parliament.

Mr Fono says the former militants held a meeting yesterday, and the contents of their discussions were relayed to him.

He says the Opposition Leader is trying to use the young men for his own political ends.

He says he is asking his own people to refrain from collaborating with the oppostion.

Mr Fono says the Prime minister has been informed of the development, and will brief the National Security Council and the Police Commissioner.

He says the government is intact with more than 36 supporters and that a Memorandum of Understanding was signed yesterday to back Dr Sikua as the Prime Minister.