John Lapli

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Sir John Ini Lapli GCMG, (baptised 25 June 1955)[1] was the Governor-General of the Solomon Islands from July 7, 1999 until July 7, 2004.

Prior to his election as Governor-General in June 1999, Lapli was Premier of Temotu Province.[2] He was taken hostage by rebels in 2000, but released after a few days, when the Prime Minister and his government promised to resign.

In June 2004 Lapli failed to be re-elected to the position of Governor-General for another 5-year term, receiving only 6 of the 41 votes in Parliament.[3]

As a priest (Church of Melanesia) his title is "The Reverend Father Sir John Ini Lapli, GCMG" and may be addressed vocally as "Sir John", "Father John", or "Mama John", ('mama' being Melanesian vernacular for 'father', a priest.)

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Solomon Islands: New premier for Temotu Province"], Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation radio (nl.newsbank.com), June 20, 1999.
  3. ^ "Solomons MPs choose new governor-general", Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation web site (nl.newsbank.com), June 15, 2004.
Preceded by
Sir Moses Pitakaka
Governor-General of the Solomon Islands
1999–2004
Succeeded by
Sir Nathaniel Waena