Malaita Ma'asina Forum President Charles Dausabea. Photo: SIBC.

Malaita Ma’asina Forum President Charles Dausabea. Photo: SIBC.

Pressure group, the Malaita Ma’asina Forum, MMF, has described the launching of a new political party called the Melanesian Party as “funny looking”.

The newly formed political party was launched at the Pacific Casino Hotel in Honiara last Sunday.

MMF President Charles Dausabea said subscribing to a political party in the Solomon Islands by any Melanesian country would be infringing upon the country’s sovereignty.

He called on the leaders of Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Fiji not to subscribe to the idea of joining a political party in the Solomon Islands.

“I as President of the Malaita Ma’asina Forum and also President of the Peoples’ Progressive Party see this as not right and I call on the Prime Ministers of Papua New Guinea, Peter O’Neill, Vanuatu’s Joe Natuman and Vorenqe Bainimarama of Fiji. This party is using Melanesia, so if those three respective Governments subscribed to the idea of joining a political party in Solomon Islands for this election then they might be infringing the sovereignty of this country. So I call on these three leaders, I know they might not know about what’s going on, but to MMF it is funny looking.”

Mr Dausabea said they would never question an established relationship of such if it was created a few years back.

But he said the fact that this came only before the dissolution of Parliament is “funny looking”.

SIBC News hopes to run comments from the newly launched party’s President in a separate bulletin this week.

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