6 Jul 2004

Solomon Islands cabinet given proposals on becoming federal republic

1:05 pm on 6 July 2004

The official draft of a new constitution has been handed over to the Solomon Islands government which proposes that the country become a federal republic with a state government system.

The chairman of the State Government Task Force, John Tuhaika, handed over the blueprint of the Federal Constitution to the former provincial government Minister, Walton Naezon.

The Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation reports Mr Tuhaika as saying the draft constitution reflects the desires of the people, most of whom live in rural areas.

Mr Naezon says if the government remains in power, it'll make sure the draft federal constitution is passed by parliament before the end of the year.

The Prime Minister, Sir Allan Kemakeza, will now present the plans to Cabinet.

Mr Naezon thanked the taskforce, and the United Nations Development Programme, the New Zealand government and the Commonwealth Secretariat for their support to the project.