The Solomon Islands’ Prime Minister, Manassah Sogavare, is under enormous pressure with reports that up to nine ministers have resigned, together with nine backbench MPs.
The Opposition camp has released a photo showing 26 members of parliament and claiming another three, enough to take government in the 50-seat parliament, reports Pacific Beat.
According to Dr Tarcisius Tara Kabutaulaka, Associate Professor at the University of Hawaii’s Centre for Pacific Island Studies, it’s hard to tell, at this stage, what Mr Sogavare’s next move will be.
In a statement from the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet the Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare stated:
“Some of these resignations come as no surprise based on the fact that some of these same Ministers were responsible for undermining the progress of the ACB and the Opposition and Independent Parliamentary Groups have inadvertently aligned themselves with this agenda.”
The statement also added that the Anti Corruption Bill (ACB) has been tabled in Parliament and is scheduled for Parliament this week.
The Prime Minister is confident and assured the nation that the DCCG will deliver on its promise.