BY CAROL-ANNE SULEGA
WITH the date set for Wednesday next week for the election of the Prime Minister, the country’s political situation remains unpredictable with its number-lock.
Those in the Heritage Park Hotel Camp that consists of the remnant members of the Democratic Coalition for Change Government (DCCG), confirmed to Island Sun last night that they are still maintaining their number at 30.
Parliamentary Wing Leader of the Democratic Alliance Party (DAP) and Member of Parliament (MP) for Small Malaita, Hon Rick Hou, is the group’s candidate for the Prime Minister (PM) post following the fall of the now caretaker Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare in a motion of no confidence.
MPs within the HP camp told the paper last night that there is still much sensitivity in reorganising portfolios to make up a new Government following the boost done by the Democratic Alliance Party and Solomon Islands Peoples First Party regrouping with the remaining 23 members of the DCCG.
This sensitivity has been agreed to be put aside until after the set date to elect a new Prime Minister on Wednesday next week.
Hefty work will be lined up once a new Government comes into office.
This will include merging of party policies and priorities.
The paper was also told in confidence last night that the camp at Honiara Hotel that consists of the MPs that defected from the Government are offering high profile portfolios to six members from the Heritage Park Hotel camp to lure more numbers.
The country’s political arena has always been an unpredictable one and anything could happen over the next few days prior to the election of the PM on Wednesday next week.
This could result by pulling strings in the number lock.
These next few days will also be a test for all Members of Parliament who are now caught in the toss whether national interest comes first and foremost when it comes to dealing with the nation’s affairs and integrity or self-serving personal interest.