Solomon Islands

PM resigns


Following a turbulent week in which Prime Minister Danny Philip was accused of misallocating $10 million of Taiwanese funds intended for development, he has resigned ahead of a no-confidence vote.

During the week Philip sacked two of his ministers, Finance Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo and Public Service Minister Rick Hou, saw another three resign and a further seven government MPs are said to have crossed over to the opposition.

The remaining 22 out of 50 MPs in the parliament were not enough to secure the confidence vote. Philip, of the Reform Democratic Party of Solomon Islands (RDPSI) is a former foreign minister. He was narrowly elected prime minister in August 2010 by 26 votes to 23.

His resignation was accepted by Governor General Frank Kabui late yesterday and parliament will elect a new government on Wednesday.

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