29 Nov 2014

Solomon Islands government takes shape

7:40 pm on 29 November 2014

A new government is taking shape in Solomon Islands, with four political parties agreeing to form a coalition.

The National Parliament of Solomon Islands in Honiara.

The National Parliament of Solomon Islands in Honiara. Photo: RNZ Koroi Hawkins

The Solomon Star reports leaders of the Solomon Islands Party for Rural Advancement, Democratic Alliance Party, Solomon Islands People First Party and the Peoples' Alliance Party have approved a coalition agreement.

The agreement will be submitted to the Political Parties Commission, with the coalition to be called the Solomon Islands People's Democratic Coalition.

The parliamentary wing leader of Solomon Islands People First Party, Manasseh Maelanga, has described the agreement as historic, saying the parties have agreed to form the first government under the new Political Parties Act 2014.

The Registrar of Political Parties Commission, Calvin Ziru, says he is waiting to review the group's Coalition Agreement before the Chairman of the Commission, Paul Tovua, submits it to the Governor General.

Upon receiving the agreement, Governor General Sir Frank Kabui will call Parliament for the election of the prime minister.