Sackings held off for Monday

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By Alfred Sasako

UP to six senior government officials including ministers who were earmarked to be fired today have been given a temporary reprieve, thanks to the absence of the Attorney General.

Government House advised the Office of the Prime Minister late yesterday that the Attorney General, James Apaniai, is responsible for preparing the instruments for removing government Ministers.

But because he was out of the country, the planned sackings could not be carried out.

Island Sun was told late last night that because Mr Apaniai is out of the country, the dismissals could not be effected without the relevant instruments being prepared for endorsement by Government House.

This is now being held off until Monday, one insider told Island Sun last night.

In the meantime the SI DCC Government will launch its policy and translation this morning.

Angered by ongoing internal bickering Prime Minister Houenipwela was planning to remove up to six officials including ministers in a bid to bring about stability to the ruling two-party coalition.

Those being sacked included two political appointees who have been blamed for allegedly conspiring to remove the Prime Minister.

It is not clear whether the temporary reprieve would help ease the pressure on the government.

The government has also blamed the Opposition as being directly linked to the plot to unseat the government.

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