19 Dec 2014

Two key Solomons portfolios not yet assigned

3:02 pm on 19 December 2014

Two key portfolios are yet to be filled after the swearing in of the cabinet of new Solomon Islands leader, Manasseh Sogavare.

Among the major appointments that were made was Central Honiara MP, Douglas Ete, who became deputy prime minister and minister of Home Affairs.

Koroi Hawkins has more.

Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare

Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare Photo: RNZI

"The Foreign Affairs portfolio went to North Vella La Vella MP Milner Tozaka. Freda Soria Comua, the only woman to win a seat in parliament was made the Minister for Rural Development, a more powerful portfolio then Woman, Youth and Childrens Affairs as the National Council of Women had hoped for. But the big news is that the Finance and Police portfolios are not yet filled. The Solomon Star newspaper had reported Aoke Langa Langa MP Mathew Wale saying he would get the job but that remains to be seen. He has missed out on the deputy prime minister's post which the coalition had initially promised him. Two former prime ministers Danny Phillip and Dr Derek Sikua got the Planning and Education portfolios respectively and Bodo Dettke, who has strong links in the forestry sector is the Minister of Forests."