23 Mar 2011

Solomon Islands opposition leader decides to step down

10:35 am on 23 March 2011

The Solomon Islands opposition office has confirmed that opposition leader Steve Abana has decided to step down from the position.

The office says the opposition will be meeting this morning to elect a new leader.

The Solomon Star has reported that Mr Abana made the decision after MP Douglas Ete wrote a letter asking him to resign as opposition leader on Monday.

Mr Abana told the paper he'd had an opportunity to contest the Prime Ministership after last year's election, losing narrowly to Danny Philip.

Mr Abana was also the leader of the Democratic Party which won 13 seats in the national election.