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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (SIBC, May 1) - The government says
there are critical reasons why it could not convene a meeting of the national
parliament early this year.

In a statement, the Prime Minister's Office says the reasons
include the current acute financial difficulties and work on the federal
constitution reform, which would see Solomon Islands adopt a federal system of

It says this work will not finish until September, and the
continuous power cuts in Honiara have been delaying work on other government

The Prime Minister's Office says government will introduce in
the November meeting of parliament the 2004 national budget, the 2003
supplementary appropriation bill and the federal constitution reform report.

The office says taking into account government's poor financial
position, it is not possible to hold more than one meeting this year, even if
the Kemakeza government would very much like to.

It adds that to convene only one parliament meeting in a year is
legal under the standing orders of the national parliament.

The Prime Minister's Office says the exact dates for the
parliament meeting are still to be decided.

It was responding to Opposition criticisms of government's
decision to prolong the national parliament meeting until November.

May 20, 2003

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