21 Nov 2007

Solomons PM critical of SICA comment over power struggle

4:38 pm on 21 November 2007

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has criticised the Solomon Islands Christian Association, SICA, which had called for him to convene parliament and sort out who has the numbers to run the country.

This comes amid eleven days of two groups claiming to have the support of the majority of MPs, but Mr Sogavare refusing efforts to bring parliament together to test his support.

Mr Sogavare says SICA needs to act responsibly and allow the impasse to be resolved at the political level.

Mr Sogavare made the plea after revelations that a delegation from SICA met the Governor General, Sir Nathaniel Waena, on Sunday pressing him to intervene and call parliament.

SICA's Secretary General, Bishop Philemon Riti, was quoted in the Solomons Star as saying the political crisis had dragged on too long and it needs to be immediately resolved in parliament.

But Mr Sogavare calls SICA is irresponsible and it should remain neutral.