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Veteran politician Sogavare faces people’s favourite Kenilorea for country’s PM post
10:33 pm GMT+12, 16/04/2019, Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands Member of Parliament for East Choiseul, Manasseh Sogavare was appointed the Prime Minister’s candidate for the Democratic Coalition Government for Advancement (DCGA) Tuesday.
 
The coalition parties which include Our Party, Kadere Party, Democratic Alliance Party and Solomon Islands Peoples First Party agreed on consensus to nominate Sogavare.
 
An insider said Sogavare, who was the former Prime Minister three times, was nominated because his Party has the highest number of MPs with 18, supported by Kadere (8).
 
DAP and SI Peoples First Party have three MPs respectively.
 
Under the Political Party Integrity Act (PPIA), it allows the party with the highest number of MPs to nominate for PM.
 
Sogavare will face off Peter Kenilorea Junior, who returned after serving in the United Nations for 17 years for the PM’s post.
 
PKJ as he is known publicly defeated Andrew Manepora to claim the East Are Are seat in the recent election. He was the son of Solomon Islands first Prime Minister, the late Peter Kenilorea.
 
His camp based at Heritage Park Hotel chose him ahead of Solomon Islands Democratic Party (SIDP) wing leader, Mathew Wale.
 
SIDP has the highest number of members in the camp with 15, follows by United Party and Solomon Islands United Party.
 
The reason for choosing PKJ, whose party has only two members in the Heritage Park Hotel’s camp, is still unknown.
 
The online opinion poll puts PKJ ahead of Sogavare to win the PM’s race even though his grand coalition currently hangs with 19 members.
 
The DCGA is currently leading with 31 members as of Monday.
Sogavare did not say much since he retained his seat after the election.
 
However, he earlier said his chances to be the candidate for Prime Minister’s post depended on his Group.
 
On the other hand, PKJ, a ‘freshman in politics’ said it would be a big honour and privilege to be considered.
PKJ said that is something he will not shy away from.
 
The nomination for the PM’s candidature closes at 4pm Thursday.


SOURCE: ISLAND SUN/PACNEWS


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