9 Aug 2010

Moves underway in Solomon Islands to build governing coalitions

7:34 pm on 9 August 2010

The Solomon Islands' caretaker Prime Minister, Dr Derek Sikua, has been returned to Parliament and says he's confident a coalition of parties from the old government can come together to form a new adminstration.

However another grouping, made up of independent MPs, says it has the numbers to form a coalition.

Jo O'Brien reports

"Dr Sikua won in his constituency by a wide margin and says he's willing to return as leader of the next government if asked. He says he's willing to be part of any coalition that wants him on board, and he's confident that four of the seven parties that formed the last government can come together to form a new coalition. Those parties are Dr Sikua's Liberal Party, the National Party, the Peoples Congress Party and the Solomon Islands Democratic Party. However, a grouping of independent members, the Independent Democratic Party, led by former Prime Minister Snyder Rini now says it has the numbers to form a coalition. It claims to have 21 MPs, and says it can form a coalition with the Party for Rural Advancement and the People's Alliance Party."