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Two candidates to contest Solomon Islands PM post
3:09 pm GMT+12, 12/11/2017, Solomon Islands

Member of Parliament for Central Honiara John Moffat Fugui will contest against the MP for Small Malaita Rick Hou for the Prime Ministership on Wednesday this week.
 
The Governor General’s Deputy Secretary Rawcliff Ziza confirmed this to the media on Friday
 
He revealed that only two names were submitted as nominations for the top political leadership position closed at 4:30pm Friday.
 
The Honiara Hotel Camp nominated Fugui as its candidate whilst the Heritage Park Hotel camp nominated  Hou.
 
Fugui was nominated by Danny Philip, Snyder Rini, Douglas Ete and David Tome. On the other hand, Hou was nominated by the ousted Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, Freda Tuki, Stanley Sofu and Peter Shanel Agovaka.
 
Ziza said the Acting Governor General will write to the MPs to inform them about the candidates for the election of the new Prime Ministeron Wednesday.
 
Sogavare was ousted in a motion of No Confidence on Monday last week.
 
He was unseated by a majority vote of 27 to 23.
 
However, the Opposition and Independent group’s numerical strength dwindled after the motion of no-confidence after the Democratic Alliance Party(DAP) switched joined the Heritage Park Hotel camp due to a disagreement over candidacy for the prime ministership.
 
The infusion of DAP, the former Opposition, into the Heritage Park Hotel camp boosted its numbers from 23 to 30.
 
The Heritage Park Hotel camp confirmed their new coalition which is made up of Kadere Party, Peoples’ Alliance Party, DAP and Peoples’ First Party.
 
The United Democratic Party which used to be the major coalition partner in the former Democratic Coalition for Change Government is now part of the new coalition that makes up the new Opposition and Independent Group.


SOURCE: SOLOMON STAR/PACNEWS


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