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New Attorney General sworn in

Newly appointed AG John Muria Jnr takes his oath of allegiance before the GG this morning.

Solomon Islands has a new Attorney General. He is Gilbert John Osmond Muria Junior.

The former Special Secretary to Prime Minister was officially sworn in this morning at the Government House.

The Deputy Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, senior government officials and family members witnessed the swearing in ceremony.

He replaced former Attorney General James Apaniai whose contract officially lapsed on October 31st 2018.

The Prime Minister’s Press Secretary reports, Muria Junior was appointed by the Judicial and Legal Service Commission Minister in accordance with the advice from the Prime Minister pursuant to section 42(2) of the Constitution.

Meanwhile, Junior Muria said he is honoured and privileged to be appointed as the Attorney-General of Solomon Islands.

Accepting the challenging role, Junior Muria said, he will discharge his Constitutional duties to the best of his ability.

Muria Jnr and his family members that came to witness the swearing in.

He thanked the Prime Minister and Cabinet and Government Caucus for having the confidence in his ability to perform the role and functions of the Attorney-General.

Mr. Muria also thanked his family, friends, mentors and all who have supported and guided him.

He hopes to address long-neglected matters and, in particular bring closure to disputes that have remained unresolved.

The newly appointed Attorney General’s appointment became effective yesterday.

Muria Junior is a lawyer by profession and the son of Sir John Baptist Muria, the first indigenous to be Chief Justice of the Solomon Islands.

He has also worked at the Attorney General’s Chambers as a former Chief Crown Counsel before he was appointed Special Secretary to Prime Minister, in March last year.

 

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