Posted by: nativeiowan | February 14, 2011

politics, islands style…

ITS been a long time waiting and finally top leaders have finally agreed to set a date for a Parliament meeting which will be officially announced today.

Prime Minister Danny Philip, Speaker of Parliament, Sir Allen Kemakeza and Opposition Leader, Steve Abana met in Parliament at 2pm yesterday and came up with the decision.

The meeting was deferred at 11am after PM Philip failed to turn up due to some unforeseen circumstances.

However after some consultation with him, the PM turned up confidently at Parliament and greeted Sir Allan and Mr Abana before they went in to meet privately.

After they came out together to waiting media, PM Philip made a joke”naf nao” meaning it is enough.

Sir Allen initiated the dialogue following a ruling from the Governor General, Sir Frank Kabui that it was not his place to intervene in the current political stalemate.

The Opposition had filed a motion of no confidence last Tuesday and petitioned the Governor General to call Parliament after a number of government MPs crossed the floor.

Sir Allen told media after the meeting that he would tell the people of the nation of the date for the sitting this afternoon.

He said three of them agreed to settle on section 34 (1) of the Constitution.

The section 34(1) stated that in the exercise of his functions under this Constitution or any other law, the Governor-General shall act in accordance with the advice of the Cabinet or of a Minister acting under the general authority of the Cabinet except in cases where he is required by this Constitution to act in accordance with the advice of, or after consultation with, any person or authority other than the Cabinet or in his own deliberate judgment.

Sir Allan said he was happy that both leaders turned up for the meeting.

“I called the meeting for the sake of the country and its people,” he said.

“I took the approach I did in the Townsville agreement which included the Marau Peace and RAMSI.
“That is open dialogue,” Sir Allan said.

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