SOLOMONS LEADER URGES MEETING OF PARLIAMENT

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, May 13) - A prominent resident of
and frequent commentator on the Solomon Islands says the country’s
long-dormant parliament must be called now to provide the country with
leadership.

John Roughan, a founder of the Solomon Islands Development
Trust, says the threats leading to the closing of three banks in the Solomons
this week is the latest indication of the country’s lack of direction.

The parliament has not been called into session since late last
year.

He said the Government could have shown leadership over the
Family Charity Fund scam a year ago but chose not to, allowing the investment
scheme to grow into a crisis.

Last week the Government said it would not call a session of
parliament until November But Roughan said the body must convene now because
efforts to restore the economy and law and order have been grossly inadequate.

"This country is worth saving," he said. "I've
taken citizenship out. It's my country just as much as the members of parliament
and I don't want to see it go down the drain.It's a great country, it's got
great people. I want to see it saved, but it means it needs leadership and if
the leadership cannot be found in the present government, then lets look at the
other members of parliament."

May 14, 2003

Radio New Zealand International: http://www.rnzi.com/ 

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