By EDDIE OSIFELO
THE Office of the Opposition has confirmed the resignation of Peter Kenilorea Junior as Deputy Opposition Leader.
“We want to confirm that Peter has resigned because he has other plans to do.
“We can’t say it’s political because Peter is still the member of the Opposition Group,” the Opposition Office said.
Mr Kenilorea Jnr made his resignation known on his social media page on Facebook.
“I thank the opposition group for their support during my tenure as Deputy Leader.
“I remain a loyal opposition member focusing on my role as Chair of the Parliamentary Foreign Relations Committee and MP for East Are Are Constituency,” he said.
Kenilorea Jnr said: “I still firmly believe that the opposition group can ably lead this nation forward in these uncertain times with confidence, should the opportunity be accorded to the group.
“Together, We Can,” he said.
Member of Parliament for Aoke Langalanga, Matthew Wale is the Leader of the Opposition Group.
Peter Kenilorea Jnr is 47 years of age.
His father Peter Kenilorea was the first Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands.
Kenilorea Jnr attended Su’u National Secondary School on Malaita, then transferred to Wesley College, Auckland, in New Zealand.
Upon the completion of secondary education, Kenilorea Jr. pursued a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Waikato, followed by a Master of Laws in international law at the University of Nottingham.
Kenilorea Jnr began his legal career with Jennifer Corrin Barrister & Solicitor in 1994.
He began working for the Attorney General of the Solomon Islands in 1996, and left his government position for the United Nations in 2000.
Kenilorea Jnr held several roles at the UN, returning to the government of the Solomon Islands in 2017 as permanent secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade.
Kenilorea Jnr contested the 2019 general election on behalf of the United Party, and was elected a member of parliament for East ‘Are’are.
The United Party supported Kenilorea Jnr’s candidacy for head of government, an office won by Manasseh Sogavare.
Soon after Sogavare’s fourth cabinet took office, his government chose to end diplomatic relations with the Republic of China.
Kenilorea Jnr sharply criticised the establishment of bilateral relations with the People’s Republic of China.