Maelanga denies allegations on plans to overthrow PM

Manasseh Maelanga Leader of the Parliamentary Independent Group. Photo credit: GCU.

The Parliamentary Opposition has refuted media reports alleging that it is colluding with the Deputy Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare to overthrow Prime Minister Rick Hou.

Opposition Leader Hon Manasseh Maelanga says, the reports came as a surprise to the Opposition Group as they had no intention to support any move to remove the Prime Minister who was only elected 3 months ago.

Hon Maelanga said, he had already clearly articulated the position of the Opposition Group after one of the local newspapers made similar allegations earlier on. The group will not meddle in any internal politics of the government.

He stressed, the Opposition aimed to allow Prime Minister Houenipwela complete his term in office whilst the Opposition Group would continue to support the Prime Minister and his Solomon Islands Democratic Coalition for Change Government (SIDCCG) through the responsible and effective discharge of its watchdog role.

Meanwhile he called on the SIDCCG to quickly resolve its internal rifts and factions and refrain from trying to tarnish the integrity of the Opposition Group with fabricated allegations.

He added the political groupings within the SIDCCG must stop their rivalry and political games and focus more on implementing key priorities.

By: Fredrick Kusu

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