26 Nov 2014

Free market for independent MPs in Solomon Islands

10:08 am on 26 November 2014

Registered political parties in Solomon Islands have agreed to an open market approach to lobby independent MPs as efforts to establish a government coalition get underway.

While the majority of MPs elected last week are independents under the country's new party laws they will be required to join registered political parties.

Parties have acknowledged the need to recruit the independent MPs and have agreed to a free market approach for any negotiations.

The president of the Peoples Alliance Party, Sir Nathaniel Waena, says parties have been urged to approach independents who have similar policy ideas and political ideals to their own.

The negotiations could take from a week to a month before a new government emerges.