SOLOMONS TO DEBATE MOTION OF NO CONFIDENCE IN PM

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (September 2, 1998 - PACNEWS/Amy)--A motion of no confidence in Prime Minister Bartholomew Ulufa'alu will be debated in Parliament next week, September 8, to determine who holds the majority of 49 seats.

Governor General Sir Moses Pitakaka said if the year-old Honiara government now is actually being run by a minority coalition --following the recent defection of six pro-government parliamentarians-- it no longer is eligible to govern.

PRIME MINISTER DISAPPOINTED WITH GOVERNOR-GENERAL

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (September 2, 1998 - Radio Australia)---Prime Minister Bartholomew Ulufa'alu is disappointed that Governor General Sir Moses Pitakaka has called for a special session of Parliament.

In a national address on state owned radio, the Prime Minister said it is not really necessary to hold an extraordinary parliamentary session just to enable the opposition National Unity Party to move a motion of no confidence in his Solomon Islands Alliance for Change Government.

Ulufa'alu said his government should be allowed to continue to rule because a National Unity government would eliminate the government's economic reform program.

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