3 MPAs walk out from MARA Government
Embattled Premier of Malaita Province Daniel Suidani and his Malaita Alliance for Rural Advancement (MARA) Government are losing an additional three provincial members this afternoon.
This was after former Deputy Premier Randal Sifoni and Members of the Provincial Assembly (MPAs) for Wards One and 28 tendered their resignation this afternoon and teamed up with the Malaita Non-Executive Group (NEG).
The latest resignations continue to test the numerical strength of the Suidani led MARA Government, which has been embroiled in a battle with the DCGA Government over the diplomatic switch from Taiwan to the People’s Republic of China since 2019.
A Statement from the Non-Executive Group today said they are confident of gaining a total of 22 members in their group, which will leave Suidani who is currently in Brisbane with a minority executive of 11 members.
The Group expressed disappointment and lack of confidence in Suidani for his lengthy battle against the National Government which had negative consequences for the development of Malaita.
The Group said Suidani continue to make decisions without the consent of the executive and relied mostly on poor advice by his personal advisor Celsus Talifilu.
The Group called on Suidani to make an early resignation so that a new leader can make Malaita great again.
Meanwhile, the group has called on the General Public of Malaita to remain calm as their elected leaders are dealing with the current saga in the best interest of Malaita.
SIBC News understands that six provincial ministers have resigned on Sunday 12 September, 2021.
Solomon Star reported that their resignation letter was addressed to the Minister for Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening, Rollen Seleso.
The letter states; “In accordance with powers under section 19 (6) Provincial Government Act 1997 as read with Standing Order 52 Provincial Government Act 1997 of the Provincial Assembly of Malaita Province I write to advise you that the Office of the Premier has today confirmed receiving resignation letters from the following provincial ministers.”
The letter requested Minister Seleso to revoke the appointment of the six provincial ministers in compliance with the section 21 (2) Provincial Government Act 1997 and Section 32 (3) of the Interpretation of the General Provision Act (Cap 85).
Premier Suidani is still in Australia after undergoing medical treatment in Taiwan. He is expected back in the country this month if all COVID-19 testing protocols are satisfied.
by Jared Koli