3 Sep 2013

Plan to petition Solomons PM to resign

1:18 pm on 3 September 2013

Civil society organisations in Solomon Islands are planning to circulate a petition calling on the prime minister, Gordon Darcy Lilo, to resign.

The Solomon Star reports that the Joint Civil Society Group is in the process of finalising what it calls a people's petition, which it intends to circulate for endorsement before presenting it to Mr Lilo.

The group is also reported to be planning a public forum in the capital Honiara to give the general public an opportunity to express views on the petition.

The group's spokesperson and the acting head of the Anti-Corruption Network of Solomon Islands says the call for resignation is based on long-standing issues Mr Lilo has promised but failed to address.

Barnabas Henson says Mr Lilo is piloting the country on a precarious course that could land it in a crisis situation.