Solomons parliament to pick new PM next week

The parliament of the Solomon Islands will elect a new prime minister next week following Manasseh Sogavare's ouster in a no-confidence vote, the opposition said Friday.

Solomons parliament to pick new PM next week
Sogavare lost power on Thursday when he lost the vote 25-22 after being accused of jeopardising the Pacific island nation's relations with other countries, particularly Australia.

Opposition leader Fred Fono said nominations for the premier's post would open Saturday and a vote was expected next Wednesday.

'Thereafter the prime minister will be sworn in and the announcement of cabinet ministers will be made on Thursday and Friday,' said Fono.

The no-confidence motion was moved by former Education Minister Derek Sikua, who criticised Sogavare for putting international relationships in jeopardy and for his protection of controversial attorney-general, Julian Moti.

Agencies

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