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PM Speaks Out Against Intimidation Of MPs

PM Speaks Out Against Intimidation Of MPs

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has expressed concern over the Opposition Group's intimidation of the MP for West Kwara'ae, Sam Idurii and the MP for East Kwaio, Stanley Sofu not to rejoin the government.

Mr Sogavare said a swearing-in ceremony arranged for Mr Idurii and Mr Sofu had to be cancelled because the Opposition Group prevented the two MPs from attending.

He said Mr Idurii and Mr Sofu decided to rejoin the government after defecting last weekend and had withdrawn their resignation from the government.

The Prime Minister said the Opposition Group sent its vehicles to block the driveway of Mr Idurii's residence to prevent him from attending the swearing-in ceremony.

He said Mr Sofu also failed to turn up for the ceremony after being persuaded by the Opposition.

Mr Sogavare said the move by the opposition to interfere with the swearing-in of the two MPs was illegal and evil.

He said the Opposition should allow MPs to make decisions at their own will.

The Prime Minister said some of the government MPs who joined the Opposition were misled into defecting and wanted to return.

Both Mr Sofu and Mr Idurii held ministerial portfolios prior to their resignation to join the Opposition Group last weekend.

Mr Sofu was the Minister for Infrastructure Development whilst Mr Idurii was the Minister for National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace.

The two were supposed to be sworn yesterday for new ministerial portfolios in a new cabinet lineup.


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