James Tora

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The Right Honourable
James Tora
MP
Minister for Police and Justice
In office
17 February 2011 – 18 April 2011
Prime Minister Danny Philip
Preceded by himself, prior to vacancy
Succeeded by Clay Forau
Minister for Police and Justice
In office
27 August 2010 – 25 January 2011
Prime Minister Danny Philip
Preceded by himself
Succeeded by himself, after vacancy
Minister for Police, National Security, and Correctional Services
In office
May 2009 – 27 August 2010
Prime Minister Derek Sikua
Succeeded by himself
Minister for Home Affairs
In office
22 December 2007 – May 2009
Prime Minister Derek Sikua
Minister for Infrastructure and Development
In office
20 April 2006 – 4 May 2006
Prime Minister Snyder Rini
Minister for Mines and Energy
In office
February 2006 – 20 April 2006
Prime Minister Sir Allan Kemakeza
Minister for National Reconciliation, Unity and Peace
In office
March 2005 – February 2006
Prime Minister Sir Allan Kemakeza
Member of Parliament
for Ugi/Ulawa
Incumbent
Assumed office
1 December 2004
Preceded by Nathaniel Waena
Personal details
Born 16 July 1956 1956
Hunuta Village, Ugi Islands
Political party Democratic Party[1]

James Tora (born 16 July 1956 in Hunuta Village, Ugi Islands[2]) is a Solomon Islands politician.

After studying at the Honiara Technical Institute, he worked as Supervising Manager for Student Welfare Services at the Solomon Islands College of Higher Education. He then began a career in national politics, when he stood successfully for Parliament in the December 1, 2004 bye-election in the Ugi/Ulawa constituency. (The bye-election was prompted by MP Nathaniel Waena's elevation to the post of Governor-General.) He was re-elected in the 2006 and 2010 general elections.[2]

He first entered Cabinet in March 2005 when Prime Minister Sir Allan Kemakeza appointed him Minister for National Reconciliation, Unity and Peace, in the wake of the severe ethnic conflict on Guadalcanal. He held the post until February 2006, when he was appointed Minister for Mines and Energy. Following the April 2006 general election, he became Minister for Infrastructure and Development in Prime Minister Snyder Rini's short-lived Cabinet. Rini resigned the following month, under public pressure and in the face of an impending motion of no confidence, and Tora found himself on the Opposition benches, where he remained until Rini's successor, Manasseh Sogavare, was himself ousted in a vote of no confidence in December 2007. Tora supported new Prime Minister Derek Sikua, and was appointed Minister for Home Affairs. He held the post until May 2009, when he was transferred to the position of Minister for Police, National Security, and Correctional Services. He continued at that post after the August 2010 election, under newly elected Prime Minister Danny Philip.[2][3]

On 25 January 2011, he followed several other ministers in resigning from government and joining Steve Abana's Opposition. Tora's defection gave Abana the support of twenty-five MPs to Philip's twenty-three, prompting the Opposition to call for Philip's resignation.[4][5] The following month, however, Tora and several other defectors returned to the government, providing Philip with a solid majority once more. Tora resumed his position as Minister for Police.[6]

On 18 April, Philip removed him from Cabinet in a reshuffle to make way for five Opposition members who had just joined the government ranks. Sofu was succeeded by Clay Forau.[7]

In early November, Tora, along with several other former ministers who had lost their positions in that reshuffle, switched over to the Opposition again, and this time succeeded in bringing down the Philip government.[8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2010 election data, Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation
  2. ^ a b c Official biography, National Parliament of Solomon Islands
  3. ^ "Sikua Reshuffles Cabinet Ministers", Solomon Times, 6 May 2009
  4. ^ "Fifth Solomon Islands minister resigns". Radio New Zealand International. 25 January 2011. Retrieved 6 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Opposition Increases Number to 25", 26 January 2011
  6. ^ "Government Regains Majority", Solomon Times, 18 February 2011
  7. ^ "Ministers axed: Replacement sworn in", Solomon Star, 19 April 2011
  8. ^ "Backbenchers confirm allegiance to Opposition", Solomon Star, 11 November 2011
  9. ^ "PM Resigns", Solomon Star, 11 November 2011