Posted by: nativeiowan | January 27, 2011

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Governor General receives petition signed by 25 MPs

THE Opposition group had filed their petition against Prime Minister Danny Philip to the governor general Sir Frank Kabui Tuesday this week.

Press secretary to Governor General Nigel Maezama confirmed to The Solomon Star that the petition had been received by Sir Frank on Tuesday morning.

Asked what steps, the Governor General would be taking to handle the case Mr Maezama said at this stage it was still unknown.

“We just have to wait and see but as far as I know the ball is in the Prime Minister’s court. “The Prime Minister only have two options and that is to resign (which he is unlikely to do) or call parliament,” he said.

The opposition press secretary Deli Oso confirmed that a total of 25 Member of Parliament (MP) signed the petition.

This included the five ministers who recently resigned and joined the opposition camp.

They are former forestry minister Douglas Ete, former police minister James Tora, former fisheries minister Bodo Dettke, former housing, lands and survey minister Martin Sopage and former public service minister Stanley Sofu.

The Solomon Star understands the petition was to advice the Governor General to intervene and call parliament as ministers have no confidence in the Prime Minister Danny Philip and he do not have the number to rule.

However, based on a court injunction in 2007 filed by then Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare when he was overthrown by the Sikua government, the court had ruled that only the Prime Minister has the authority to call parliament.

Prime Minister Danny Philip earlier this week said he would never step aside as the government was serious in bringing the country back on its feet.

“Only I can convene parliament. The Governor General doesn’t have the power to compel me.

“In certain circumstances where the country is at risk, they have insurrection or the government has definitely become dysfunctional because there’s absolutely no one to do the job, yes.

“But under normal circumstances I think the situation is still ok.

“I have no reason to resign because we have a program. Are you going to push another resolution to extend the resolution that we were passed last year for three months of spending?

“How many times, by electing prime minister, who will be your prime minister? You’ve got five or ten people in there wanting to be prime ministers,” Prime Minister Philip said.



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