The National Parliament of Solomon Islands now has a new Speaker.
He is Ajilon Jasper Nasiu, a former Provincial Premier for RenBel Province.
Mr Nasiu was elected by the 50 Members of Parliament shortly after taking their Oath of Allegiance in Parliament this morning.
Presiding over the Speaker’s elections today, former Speaker of Parliament Sir Allan Kemakeza says it is an honour to announce the newly elected Speaker for the next four years.
“Honourable Members it is an honour to announce that the candidate duly elected by members of parliament as the Speaker for the National Parliament of Solomon Islands is Mr Ajilon Jasper Nasiu, who polls 27 votes and Taeasi Sanga polls 23 votes, a majority of four votes.”
Meanwhile, the new Deputy Speaker of Parliament is John Moffat Fugui Member of Parliament for Central Honiara.
Mr Fugui was elected by the 50 Members of Parliament during the election of the Deputy Speaker this afternoon.
He polled a total of 29 votes against David Tome, Member of Parliament for Baegu Asifola.
Deputy Clerk to Parliament Florence Naesol made the announcement in parliament today.
“It is my honour to announce that the candidate duly elected by the members of parliament as the Deputy Speaker of the National Parliament of Solomon Islands with a majority of eight votes is Honourable John Moffat Fugui Member for Central Honiara. Congratulations Honourable Member.”