Posted by: nativeiowan | August 26, 2010

and lets hope no riots or unrest…

DANNY Philip is the country’s new prime minister.

He polled 26 votes ahead of his only rival Steve Abana, who polled 23.

One ballot was declared spoilt from the 50 ballots cast.

Governor General Sir Frank Kabui, who conducted the election in Parliament this morning, announced Mr Philip’s victory just before midday.

Speaking immediately after his election victory, Mr Philip, a former parliamentarian who was out from the political scene in the last eight years, dedicated his election to the top job, to his mother.

He said his government’s priority would be constitutional reform.

The West New Georgia-Tetepare MP said the composition of his new government will be decided in the next few days.

Meanwhile, Honiara remained calm after the results were declared.

Most of the shops, schools, and government offices closed today.

Mr Philip, who takes over the leadership from outgoing prime minister Dr Derek Sikua, is due to hold a press conference later today.

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