SOLOMON ISLANDS OPPOSITION GIVES DEADLINE FOR NO CONFIDENCE MOTION: NEXT WEEK

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (April 3, 2002 – Radio Australia)---The Solomon Islands opposition in Parliament will move a no confidence motion against the Kemakeza government no later than Wednesday of next week.

Speaking at a news conference in the capital, Honiara, Opposition Leader Patterson Oti claimed 21 Parliamentarians had signed up to support the motion.

Radio Australia correspondent Dorothy Wickham reports from Honiara.

"Opposition leader Oti said today during his press conference that all Members of Parliament who are not with government, are supporting the motion, including the Liberal Party led by former Prime Minister Bartholomew Ulufa'alu.

"He also revealed that recently sacked Finance Minister Michael Maina has pledged his support to the Opposition.

"However, Mr. Oti said Mr. Maina would remain with the government until the budget is passed.

"Mr. Oti was not able to confirm when the motion would be moved, but said he hoped by Friday.

"Dorothy Wickham, Radio Australia News, Honiara."

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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