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Prime Minister Sogavare could resign over the weekend, all hopes rest on late recruits

 

BY ALFRED SASAKO

 

LATE recruits will determine whether the DCC Government survives the current political upheaval, according to analysts.

The analysis is based on the number of Government MPs who attended Parliament yesterday morning to welcome President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan, who is on a two-day state visit to Solomon Islands.

There were only 17 MPs on the government side, when President Tsai was being introduced to Members of Parliament. It was the same number that was in Cabinet earlier that morning.

The number on the Opposition-Independent side was 14. But a senior Opposition MP was quick to point out that the combined Opposition Independent Group has 28 MPs. Many had stayed back in the hotel yesterday to avoid aggressive lobbying that is continuing.

In its attempt to hold on to power, the government side allegedly offered the Opposition Leader, Jeremiah Manele, the post of Deputy Prime Minister along with a $1 million.

It is understood Hon Manele has refused the offer. The government on Wednesday appointed Hon Moses Garu as the new Deputy Prime Minister. With overtures being made to Hon Manele, Hon Garu may not be in the position for much longer.

Meanwhile reports are circulating that Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare is closely watching the number game.

“He could resign the DCC leadership if government numbers did not improve by Saturday. His nephew Chief of Staff Robson Djokovic too, could go with him,” sources said.

“The future of the DCC government now hangs in the balance. Only late recruits could save the day for Hon Sogavare and his group,” they said.

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