12 Jan 2015

Solomons no confidence motion false

3:46 pm on 12 January 2015

The Solomon Islands opposition has denied reports in local media that it is planning to move a motion of no confidence against the government in March.

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Photo: RNZI Koroi Hawkins

The Solomon Star newspaper has reported that government back-benchers were in talks with the opposition to move the motion after the passing of the new government's budget.

But the opposition leader, Jeremiah Manele, says the information is incorrect and his group has no intention of moving a motion at this time.

"We will continue to observe the government. I think it is early days, common sense should dictate that we should give them time to settle down, finalise their policies and on the basis of that come up with the budget. And the budget is important not only for the opposition or for the government but for the country as a whole."

Mr Manele called on local media to be more responsible in their reporting, saying they should have cross-checked the claims with his office before publishing on such a significant issue.