We have not forgotten our development partners: Hou

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Deputy Leader of the Official Opposition and MP for Small Malaita Hon Rick Hou.
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BY CAROL-ANNE SULEGA

THE newly elected Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for Small Malaita Hon Rick Hou assures the country’s development partners that his administration is ready to re-engage and work together in advancing the interest of the country.

Prime Minister Hou made the assurance to the country’s development partners in his victory speech on Wednesday after polling a majority of 33 votes against Hon Moffat Fugui who polled 16 votes.

One ballot was dubbed ‘spoilt’.

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“For too long, we have left our development partners in the cold which has negatively affected the progress of important Government programmes.

“But today, I assure you that my Government will take extra efforts in working closely with each and every one of our partners as we work towards our common goal to move this country forward.

“On that note, I would also like to thank our developing partners for their continuous support,” Hou said.

The Prime Minister then acknowledged the efforts undertaken by the former Minister of Finance Hon Snyder Rini in renewing dialogue between the Government and donor partners.

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