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Solomon Islands Forum Calls For Resignation Of PM Lilo
Malaita Ma’asina renews efforts in light of alleged ‘misconduct’

By Douglas Marau

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Jan. 9, 2013) – The Malaita Ma’asina Forum (MMF) has called on Solomon Islands Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo to resign.

In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister yesterday, MMF general secretary Charles Ashley said as Mr. Lilo welcomes Forum Solomon Islands International (FSII) referral of the misconduct allegations against him to the Leadership Code Commission (LCC); he should step aside.

"The MMF see you a true Solomon Islands leader and should be followed through with the honorable conduct by your good self as Prime Minister of this nation," Mr. Ashley wrote in the letter.

"The most honorable conduct for you as a prime minister is to tender your resignation to his Excellency the Governor General so that you can answer the misconduct charges before the LCC as well as prosecuting your defamatory law suit in our very own High Court," the letter further reads.

Mr. Ashley said as Solomon Islanders, "we all should have faith in our National Constitution that guarantees our innocence until proven guilty according to the law.

"As Prime Minister caught by the provisions of section 93(b) of our National Constitution, the referral to the LCC in itself calls into question the responsibilities of your office as envisaged by section 94 of the same Constitution.

"Should you make the personal choice to resign the MMF salutes you as a leader that holds dear all that our National Constitution stands for," the letter stated.

Mr. Ashley stated in the letter that should the Prime Minister take the honorable action to resign; both the LCC and the High Court must also do the right thing to judiciously conclude matters before them.

"If and when you (Prime Minister) come out clean and vindicated, the MMF and all citizens of this country will hail you as a true national leader of our beloved Solomon Islands," Mr. Ashley highlighted in the letter.

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) confirmed receiving the letter yesterday.

However, Prime Minister Lilo when contacted for his reaction yesterday said he would not be making any comments regarding the matter.

Meanwhile, the High Court registry office said they are yet to receive Prime Minister Lilo’s defamation case filed against Forum Solomon Islands (FSII) and the Solomon Star.

This paper understands the Prime Minister’s lawyer was sick so she could not proceed with filing the case as yet.

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