ULUFA'ALU NO-CONFIDENCE MOTION WITHDRAWN IN SOLOMONS

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (April 9, 1998 - PACNEWS)---The motion of no-confidence in Solomon Island's Prime Minister Bartholomew Ulufa'alu has been withdrawn by its mover in Parliament, South Guadalcanal MP Victor Ngele.

The objective of the motion, he said, was not to topple the Alliance for Change government, but to tell the Prime Minister where he had erred and to "get back on track."

Ngele said acts of self-service by leaders for the benefit of a few supporters must not be allowed as this could create civil unrest and disunity in the country, adding that it was too early to judge the eight-month-old government.

It is in the interest of the nation, the MP added, that the motion be withdrawn.

In reply, Prime Minister Ulufa'alu dismissed the allegations of nepotism and in-fighting in the government leadership leveled against him by Ngele.

Meantime, Ulufa'alu has officially confirmed cutting his annual salary by 20 percent, to be effective April 16.

Challenging all other MPs to do likewise, he said he made the salary-cut decision to show that the government is serious in implementing its structural reform program, specifically reducing expenditures.

Ulufa'alu also called on public servants and the private sector to accept a wage freeze for one year

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