3 Dec 2014

Second Coalition forming in Solomon Islands

9:31 am on 3 December 2014

A second coalition with intentions to form the new government of Solomon Islands is claiming it has the number advantage over the existing Solomon Islands People's Democratic Coalition.

The Office of the Registrar of Political Parties overnight confirmed that a second coalition agreement was expected last night or early this morning.

Already the Governor General has declared the election of the country's new Prime Minister will be held next Tuesday and nominations for candidates are open until 5pm on Friday.

The election is by secret ballot to be cast by the 50 newly elected MPs in Parliament.

Heavy lobbying of candidates continues in the capital Honiara, with both sides claiming to have the numbers to form government.