DATE SET FOR ELECTION OF NEW SOLOMONS PM

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (June 18, 2000 – Radio Australia)---The Solomon Islands' Governor General has set a date for Parliament to meet to elect a new prime minister.

Radio Australia correspondent Sean Dorney reports that the Parliament will meet on Wednesday, June 28.

"June the 28th is the last possible day in the two week schedule outlined by outgoing Prime Minister Bartholomew Ulufa'alu when he announced his resignation on Wednesday.

"The governor General, Sir John Eni Lapli, said the Parliament would meet in the capital, Honiara, and that nominations would open on June the 23rd and close on the 26th.

"There's no mention of the conditions that Mr. Ulufa'alu recommended that the ethnic militias surrender their arms. The Malaita Eagle Force is still effectively in charge of Honiara's security.

"Mr. Ulufa'alu is quoted by the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation as responding the Governor General's announcement by saying, ‘when the barrel of the gun rules, what can you say.’

"Sean Dorney, Radio Australia, Honiara."

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