SOLOMON ISLANDS ELECTS NEW GOVERNOR GENERAL

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MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, June 15) - Solomon Islands' parliamentarians have chosen fellow MP, Nathaniel Waena, as the country's governor general.

He was elected in the second ballot, polling 27 votes.

Second was Sir Peter Kenilorea with eight votes and third was current governor general Sir John Ini Lapli with six votes.

Waena is expected to be sworn in as governor general on July 7, a day after Sir John's term expires.

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation says that in his address to the nation after his election, Waena thanked MPs for the confidence they have shown in him.

June 16, 2004

Radio Australia: www.abc.net.au/ra

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