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I will not resign: Solomon Islands PM Lilo
1:59 pm GMT+12, 17/11/2011, Solomon Islands
Newly  elected  Solomon Islands Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo says he will not resign because there are no reasons for him to do so.

In an exclusive interview with The Solomon Star, Prime Minister elect Lilo said he was voted in Parliament and only Parliament can vote him out.

“I have no reason to resign,” he said.

Lilo explained this was the first time in the history of this country that a Prime Minister has won by majority of 29 votes in the first round of ballots.

Therefore, he said that indicated he has the overwhelming support of Members of Parliament for the right to rule this country.

Prime Minister Lilo was responding to calls by hundreds of rampaging mobs who took the streets of Honiara yesterday in an attempt to force him to resign.

The angry mobs walked from Point Cruz to the Prime Minister’s Office yesterday and then to the Government House to show their frustration.

But Lilo said the protesters have no right to force him to resign because it was illegal and unconstitutional.
“The whole country welcomed my victory but there are only certain perpetrators within the society who are causing nonsense and a fool of themselves,” he said.

The Prime Minister added that those perpetrators must be brought to justice.

He believed certain politicians were behind what had happened yesterday which nearly saw a repeat of the 2006 April riots.

“It’s a shameful thing and this country doesn’t deserve such thing to happen,” he said.

“Therefore, those involved should be accounted for their actions.”

Prime Minister Lilo has called on the citizens of Solomon Islands to respect yesterday’s democratic process in Parliament and also respect the rule of law.

He called on those involved to apologise to the people of Solomon Islands for bringing shame in the eyes of the international community.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Provincial Government and Strengthening Institution has set the date for Makira provincial election and ward seven Temotu province by-election.

According to the schedule set by the ministry, the two provinces will go to the poll on 21 December.

Nomination started yesterday 16 November and will close on 23 November.

It was stated that the last day for candidates’ withdrawal will be on seven December not later than 4pm.

Ward seven in Temotu Province will go to the poll after the seat was left vacant after its ward member was disqualified from his position on legal grounds.


SOURCE: SOLOMON STAR/PACNEWS

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