10 Nov 2016

Solomons PM kicked out of his party - report

5:00 pm on 10 November 2016

The Prime Minister of Solomon Islands has reportedly been kicked out of his own political party.

Solomon Islands prime minister Manasseh Sogavare (left) and his New Zealand counterpart John Key at the 2015 Pacific Forum summit in Port Moresby.

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare's membership to the United Democratic Party has been revoked. Photo: RNZI / Koro Vaka'uta

Manasseh Sogavare's office has confirmed it has received a letter from the United Democratic Party (UDP) president revoking his membership.

An article in relation to the incident, posted on the Forum Solomon Islands International Facebook page, is attributed to local journalist and former MP Alfred Sasako.

According to the article, UDP president Sir Tommy Chan made his decision after receiving formal complaints from coalition partners about Mr Sogavare's leadership style and performance since taking office two years ago.

However, staff at the Prime Minister's office said this was all a big misunderstanding.

An official statement regarding the incident is to be released later today.