CARETAKER PRIME MINISTER CONCEDED DEFEAT AFTER LOSING SEAT
Caretaker Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo has conceded defeat after losing his seat in the country’s election.
It is expected to take at least a week before a coalition Government is formed and a new prime minister is chosen.
Mr Lilo has led Solomon Islands since 2011 and has been a member of parliament for three terms.
But he has been beaten in his constituency of Gizo Kolombangara by his 37-year-old nephew, Jimson Tanangada.
The departing prime minister blamed his loss on the late arrival of a passenger boat, carrying several hundred people believed to be loyal to him.
Radio Australia reports, he told the Sunday Star newspaper, he accepted the result.