12 Nov 2007

Sogavare administration still intact, says Solomons government caucus chair

2:19 pm on 12 November 2007

The chairman of the Solomon Islands government caucus says the administration of Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare is still intact.

Nine cabinet ministers and three backbenchers reportedly resigned from government at the weekend, saying they no longer have confidence in Mr Sogavare's leadership style.

Together with the Opposition they called for an urgent meeting of Parliament within the next seven days so they can submit a motion of no confidence if Mr Sogavare does not resign.

The ministers resigning include recently sacked Finance Minister and deputy prime Minister, Gordon Darcy Lilo.

The caucus chairman, Nelson Ne'e, says MPs who joined Mr Lilo in resigning may not have been aware he was sacked because of alleged misuse of tsunami recovery funds by his ministry.

"Gordon went around, rallied support from backbenchers and other ministers, but they're still coming back after finding out that the sacking of Gordon Darcy Lilo was due to misappropriation, they feel that they're not party to that kind of misappropriation."

Nelson Ne'e says an urgent government meeting has been called today to confirm support for Mr Sogavare.