Solomon Islands to appoint a new Governor General this year

Solomon Islands Governor-General Sir Frank Utu Ofagioro Kabui. Photo credit: SIBC.

The Solomon Islands Governor General’s term in office will end on 7th July 2019.

Governor General Sir Frank Ofagioro Kabui made the announcement in his New Year message broadcasted on the National Voice.

“Thank you for your prayers, you will undoubtedly be doing that to my successor in 2019.”

He also thanked Solomon Islanders for rendering support to him during his two terms as the country’s Head of State.

“I wish to say thank you all for your support to me and my family during my two terms in office as governor general. This is my last New Year speech.”

Sir Frank emphasized that peace and unity in the country must be the fundamental goal.

He said we must not be complacent or forget about our past experience from 1998 to 2000 saying, self-destruction is a curse full of pain, desperation and loss.

“Self destruction is a curse, full of sadness, pain, desperation, loss, dislocation and all the consequences that go with such event.

“We must not play around with this bomb , it will blow up in our face with untold destruction. So much for that at this point.”

A former High Court Judge, Sir Frank Kabui GCMG, CSI, OBE was appointed to office on 7th July 2009.

He was nominated for appointment on 15 June 2009 after four rounds of voting.

Kabui polled 30 votes, Edmund Andresen eight votes and the outgoing Governor General, Sir Nathaniel Waena seven votes.

In Solomon Islands, the Governor-General is nominated by the National Parliament by vote and appointed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second.

By: Gina Maka’a


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