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Sikua says it will prevent violence, give voice to concerns

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Nov. 19, 2011) – The Opposition has confirmed filing a Motion of No-Confidence in the newly elected Prime Minister, Hon. Gordon Darcy Lilo following the negative public reactions to his election to the top political post on Wednesday.

Opposition Leader Hon. Dr Derek Sikua said the motion filed yesterday will serve as a circuit breaker to diminish any moves by members of the public to take up any further illegal and violent protests.

He said the protest march in Honiara following the election of Hon. Darcy Lilo as Prime Minister was clearly illegal and resulted in the arrest of 22 people, injuries to policemen and damages to police vehicles.

"The observation made by the MPs in the Opposition Group is that Solomon Islanders have not been given an opportunity to voice their concerns, issues to responsible authorities so we discussed this matter and decided that a motion of no-confidence on the newly elected Prime Minister is the only legal and democratic way open to Solomon Islanders to vent their bottled-up frustrations through their parliament representatives," Hon. Dr Sikua said.

Hon. Dr Sikua said on this premise, the Opposition appeals to all concerned community leaders and ordinary citizens of the country to either individually or collectively approach their respective MPs regardless of whether they are in the Opposition or the Government to take up their concerns and views about the newly elected Prime Minister and convey them on the floor of Parliament when the Motion of No-Confidence is tabled.

He said the Opposition further appeals to all Parliamentarians to avail themselves time and effort to listen to whatever views their people might put across to them and honestly convey them in parliament.

Meanwhile in response to Prime Minister Lilo’s ‘Bring it on’ challenge in today’s Solomon Star newspaper, the Opposition Leader says he has more bullets to fire at the newly elected Prime Minister than he had for former Prime Minister, Hon. Danny Philip.

Hon. Dr Sikua said he is ready to expose all the corruption cases the Prime Minister is involved when he tables the motion of no-confidence so Prime Minister Lilo must better be prepared.

The Opposition Leader believes that one more victory for leaders of this kind and the future of Solomon Islands is bleak.

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