Danny Philip

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Danny Philip
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Philip at the Pacific Islands Forum in Auckland (2011)
Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands
In office
25 August 2010 – 16 November 2011
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Frank Kabui
Deputy Manasseh Maelanga
Preceded by Derek Sikua
Succeeded by Gordon Darcy Lilo
Personal details
Born (1953-08-05) 5 August 1953 (age 60)
Lokuru, Solomon Islands
Political party Reform Democratic Party (2000–present)
Other political
affiliations
People's Progressive Party (Before 2000)
Spouse(s) Margaret Philip

Danny Philip (born August 5, 1953) is a politician and diplomat from the Solomon Islands. He was Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands from 2010 to 2011. Previously he served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1995 to 1996 and again from July 2000 to June 2001. He was the leader of the People's Progressive Party from 1997 to 2000, then founded the Reform Democratic Party, of which he was the leader when elected Prime Minister.[1][2][3]

Personal life[edit]

Danny Philip was born on August 5, 1953.[4][5] His mother, who suffered from poliomyelitis, died just two days after his birth.[4]

Philip has been an English teacher and linguist by profession.[4] He is from the town of Lokuru, which is located on Rendova Island, Western Province.[4] Philip is married to his current wife, Margaret Philip. He has two former wives from previous marriages.[6]

Political career[edit]

Philip previously served four terms in the National Parliament of Solomon Islands between 1984 and 2001.[7] He represented the Vona Vona-Rendova-Tetepare constituency from 1984 until 1993.[7] Philip was then elected as the MP from the South New Georgia-Rendova-Tetepare constuency from 1994 until 2001.[7]

Philip served as the Solomon Islands' Foreign Minister for two tenures, 1995 to 1996 and again from July 2000 to June 2001.[5]

Philip is currently the Member of Parliament representing South New Georgia-Rendova-Tetepare as of 2010.[7]

Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands[edit]

Philip was narrowly elected the Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands on August 24, 2010, following the 2010 general election.[8] Philip and his supporters, who constituted the so-called "Pacific Casino camp,"[9] narrowly defeated Steve Abana, the leader of the Solomon Islands Democratic Party, by just three votes: Philip received 26 votes while Abana garnered 23.[8] He replaced caretaker Prime Minister Derek Sikua.

In a victory speech following the Prime Minister election, Philip stated that his first priority would be to form a new government.[8] He said his government would actively support the country's Constitutional Reform process.[8] This had been one of his central campaign pledges, and reason for creating the Reform Democratic Party.[3]

Upon naming his Cabinet, he appointed Manasseh Maelanga as his deputy.[10]

On November 11, 2011, after the defection of five ministers and seven backbenchers to the Opposition, Philip resigned rather than face a motion of no confidence. He led an interim government until Parliament elected a new Prime Minister on November 16.[11][12] Gordon Darcy Lilo, a member of Philip's National Coalition for Reform and Advancement, was elected as his successor on November 16.

Philip elected to remain in parliament as a backbencher after leaving the Prime Minister's office.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Solomons Islands get new PM weeks after election", BBC, August 25, 2010
  2. ^ "Philips elected new Solomons PM". The Southland Times. Associated Press. August 25, 2010. Retrieved September 27, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Party vows to reform constitution", Island Sun, July 12, 2010
  4. ^ a b c d Habru, Priestley (2010-08-26). "New PM dedicates win to late mum". Island Sun. Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  5. ^ a b c Osifelo, Eddie (2011-11-24). "Former PM now a backbencher". Solomon Times. Retrieved 2011-12-04. 
  6. ^ "Solomons Aid Contracts Go To Philip's Wife, Family". Solomon Star (Pacific Islands Reports). 2011-10-31. Retrieved 2010-11-12. [dead link]
  7. ^ a b c d "Steve Abana or Danny Philip for PM". Solomon Times. 2010-08-23. Retrieved 2010-08-24. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Danny Philip is Prime Minister". Solomon Times. 2010-08-25. Retrieved 2010-08-24. 
  9. ^ "Nation Awaits". Solomon Times. 2010-08-25. Retrieved 2010-08-24. 
  10. ^ "PM Philip name ministers", Island Sun, August 27, 2010
  11. ^ "PM Resigns", Solomon Star, 11 November 2011
  12. ^ "Solomons MPs to elect new prime minister on Wednesday", Radio New Zealand International, 11 November 2011

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Political offices
Preceded by
Derek Sikua
Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands
2010–2011
Succeeded by
Gordon Darcy Lilo