World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Solomons speaker says political interference bad

Solomon Islands speaker says political interference in AG appointment not good

The speaker of the Solomon Islands parliament, Sir Peter Kenilorea, says political interference in the appointment of a new Attorney-General is not good for the country.

He says he understands that Julian Moti of Australia was appointed after the prime minister, Manasseh Sogavare, instructed the Legal and Judicial Services Commission to do so.

Sir Peter says the Commission is meant to operate independently and in this case, the post wasn’t vacant nor was it advertised.

The appointment has been controversial with Mr Moti’s background including charges of rape in Vanuatu that were eventually dismissed and being banned for interfering in local politics in Solomon Islands.

Sir Peter says the prime minister has the right to approve the appointment of an Attorney-General but the political interference is not good.

“Under the constitution, it is very clear that the executive, the judiciary and the legislature have their own independent role. And, no-one of those three should usurp the responsibility and the authority of the other.”

Sir Peter Kenilorea, the speaker of parliament.

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Rohingya Muslims Massacred: Restrictions On Aid Put 1000s At Risk

Amnesty: The Myanmar authorities’ restrictions on international aid in Rakhine state is putting tens of thousands of lives at risk in a region where mainly Rohingya people are already suffering horrific abuses from a disproportionate military campaign. More>>


Werewolf: Gordon Campbell On North Korea, Neo-Nazism, And Milo

With a bit of luck the planet won’t be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – maybe by invading Venezuela or starting a war with Iran. More>>


Victory Declared: New Stabilisation Funding From NZ As Mosul Is Retaken

New Zealand has congratulated the Iraqi government on the successful liberation of Mosul from ISIS after a long and hard-fought campaign. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Current US Moves Against North Korea

If Martians visited early last week, they’d probably be scratching their heads as to why North Korea was being treated as a potential trigger for global conflict... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons From Corbyn’s Campaign

Leaving partisan politics aside – and ignoring Jeremy Corbyn’s sensational election campaign for a moment – it has to be said that Britain is now really up shit creek... More>>


  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC