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Former Solomons Speaker Condemns No-Confidence Debate
Current Speaker ‘mistaken’ in allowing motion to be discussed

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Times, Nov. 5, 2012) –Former Solomon Islands Parliament Speaker Sir Peter Kenilorea says current parliament speaker Sir Allan Kemakeza made a mistake when he allowed a no confidence motion to be debated despite the absence of the mover of the motion.

Sir Peter was referring to Sir Allan's decision to allow the Opposition Leader, Hon. Derek Sikua's motion the previous Friday for debate despite Sikua's absence.

Sir Peter says standing orders of parliament were silent over such matters and Kemakeza should not have allowed parliament to proceed on the motion.

He says without the presence of the mover, the right decision was to adjourn parliament to the next sitting day.

Meanwhile on Kemakeza's orders for the Deputy Opposition Leader, Hon. Mathew Wale to call Sikua to attend parliament, Sir Peter says there is no standing order that forces MPs to attend parliament.

The former parliament speaker says the Opposition did the right thing to seek the court's ruling on the matter.

Solomon Times
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