THE Premier of Malaita Province, Daniel Suidani has supported calls by the leader of the Parliamentary Opposition group, Matthew Wale for the Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare to step down.
The statement comes as parts of Honiara are engulfed in sporadic looting and burning of business houses from the eastern end of the capital up to the China-town.
In response to the ongoing situation, Premier Suidani said the right call is for the Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare to immediately step down as Prime Minister to allow a new leader who has the confidence of the people to lead the country.
Premier Suidani said there is widespread disagreement within the community about how the Prime Minister has elevated the interest of foreigners above those of Solomon Islanders.
“Over the last twenty years Mannaseh Sogavare has been in power, the plight of Solomon Islanders has worsened whilst at the same time foreigners have reaped the best of the country’s resources. People are not blind to this and do not want to be cheated anymore.”
He said the situation can be calmed down provided the Prime Minister does what the people of the country wants. “He can be the solution” instead of provoking more violence and disorder.
“Should the Prime Minister not find it in him to step down, Premier Suidani calls on all Malaitan MPs to show leadership and resign from DCGA.
“This would take the burden of leadership away from Sogavare and pave the way for a motion of no confidence which can then remove him,” he added.
A Current lock-down enforced by the government was not heeded as angry protestors gathered for a second day to continue bring chaos to the streets of Honiara.