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Guadalcanal To Elect New Provincial Premier In Solomons
Veke resigns over alleged abuse of public funds

By Jennifer Kakai

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Feb. 21, 2013) – Guadalcanal Provincial Assembly will elect a new premier on Friday.

Two candidates are confirmed to contest the top job following the resignation of Premier Anthony Veke on Tuesday.

Speaker for Guadalcanal Province Abel Arabola said the member for Ghaobata Ward Stephen Panga and member for Malango Ward Walton Naezon are the candidates nominated.

Mr. Arabola said the election for the premier’s seat will be held this Friday.

According to the speaker, Mr. Naezon was nominated by member for Paripao ward Andrew Rayboy and member for Valasa Ward Godfrey Raubola while Mr. Panga was nominated by member for Tandai Ward John Nano and member for Saghalu Ward Michael Papari.

He said at the close of nomination, both groups have set up camps at Honiara Hotel and Pacific Casino.

"Panga-led group camped at Honiara Hotel which consists of former executive members including the resigned premier Anthony Veke," Mr. Arabola said.

"Backbenchers camped at Pacific Casino led by Mr. Naezon."

The speaker said it is too early to predict which group has the number however said the group with more than 10 members is likely to win take the government as the assembly as 21 members.

Mr. Veke resigned over allegations of abuse of public funds, which he denied.

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