Solomons parliament to hold emergency Covid-19 meeting Monday

6:09 pm on 2 April 2020

The Solomon Islands parliament will reconvene for an emergency meeting on Monday.

Parliament staff confirmed to RNZ Pacific that the speaker, Patterson Oti had called the meeting on the advice of the Office of the Prime Minister in relation to the ongoing State of Public Emergency.

This was declared by the governor general last week and expires on Wednesday 8 April and can only be extended through a parliamentary vote.

If a vote is successful the State of Public Emergency could be extended for a period of four months.

Parliament is expecting a full statement of government business in the next 24 hours but it was understood that during the meeting the Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare would also further outline the public emergency orders.

Solomon Islands' prime minister Manasseh Sogavare.

Solomon Islands' prime minister Manasseh Sogavare. Photo: Supplied