Kabui Reelected As Governor General Of Solomon Islands

Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

News Release

Government Communication Unit Solomon Islands Government Honiara, Solomon Islands

May 6, 2014

Governor General Sir Frank Kabui has been re-elected for a second term today after 4 rounds of voting at the national parliament.

Sir Frank won by an absolute majority of 23 votes against his closest rival, Andrew Mua who polled 21 of the 44 votes cast by members of Parliament.

The third candidate Archbishop David Vunagi of the Anglican Church of Melanesia was eliminated in the first round of voting.

Sir Frank was first elected on 15 June 2009 in a similar round of voting.

He is from Manakwai Village, Malu’u in North Malaita. He graduated with a law degree from Papua New Guinea in 1975 and became the first local Solomon Islander to be appointed Attorney General in 1980.

He held the position for 14 years and was elected Chairman of the Law Reform Commission in 1994. In 1998 he was appointed High Court Judge and retired in April 2006 when he turned 60. In the same year he was appointed Chairman of the Law Reform Commission and has held the position until his first election as Governor General in 2009.

The Governor General is the de facto Head of State representing Queen Elizabeth II. The Governor General is appointed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the advice of Parliament to a five year term.

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