Motion against Malaitan premier to proceed

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The premier of Malaita Province Daniel Suidani. Photo: Daniel Suidani/ Official Facebook

In Solomon Islands, the Malaita Provincial Assembly Speaker has given the green-light for a no-confidence motion against Premier Daniel Suidani to go ahead.

This came after the Speaker, Ronnie Butala, sought legal advice and clarification on the matter from Malaita’s Chief Legal Officer and Attorney General Chamber.

A motion has been prepared by opponents of the premier, who has been at odds with the national government over its move to establish ties with China over Taiwan.

The Solomon Star reports that the Malaita Chief Legal Officer had recommended the motion be rejected as he found it didn’t adhere to standing orders.

But subsequently, the Attorney-General’s Chamber found that the motion is in order, following which the Speaker promptly approved it.

Mr Butala has issued notice that the motion is to be tabled next Tuesday (13 October) during a full Assembly meeting.