Peter Shannel Agovaka

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The Right Honourable
Peter Shannel Agovaka
MP
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Relations
In office
27 August 2010 – 9 February 2012
Prime Minister Danny Philip (until 16 November 2011);
then Gordon Darcy Lilo
Succeeded by Clay Forau Soalaoi
Minister for Commerce, Industries and Employment
In office
9 August 2006 – 21 December 2007
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare
Minister for Provincial Government and Constituency Development
In office
21 April 2006 – 4 May 2006
Prime Minister Snyder Rini
Leader of the Independent Members
In office
January 2008 – 25 September 2008
Member of Parliament
for Central Guadalcanal
Incumbent
Assumed office
5 April 2006
Preceded by Walton Naezon
Personal details
Born (1959-11-01) 1 November 1959 (age 55)
Bemuta Village, Guadalcanal Province
Political party Association of Independent Members,
then Ownership, Unity and Responsibility Party

Peter Shannel Agovaka (born 1 November 1959 in Bemuta Village, Guadalcanal Province[1]) is a Solomon Islands politician.

He studied at Telecom College in Papua New Guinea, then at the North Sydney Institute of Engineering in Australia, before working as a Community Affairs Officer for Gold Ridge Mining Limited in Solomon Islands.[2]

His career in national politics began when he was elected to Parliament as the member for Central Guadalcanal in the April 2006 general election. He was appointed Minister for Provincial Government and Constituency Development in Snyder Rini's government, but lost his Cabinet position when Rini resigned before a motion of no confidence in Parliament in May. In August, however, the new Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, appointed him Minister for Commerce, Industries and Employment, a position he held until the Sogavare government was overthrown by a motion of no confidence in December 2007. Under Derek Sikua's ensuing premiership, Agovaka was, for a time, Leader of the Independent Members of Parliament, from January to September 2008.[3]

He retained his seat in Parliament in the August 2010 general election, as a member of the newly formed Ownership, Unity and Responsibility Party, and was appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Relations in Prime Minister Danny Philip's Cabinet.[4][5] When Gordon Darcy Lilo replaced Philip as Prime Minister in November 2011, Agovaka retained his position in government.[6] He was, however, sacked on 9 February 2012, after having, during a meeting with Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov in Fiji, "discussed the possibility of establishing diplomatic relations" between the two countries. Lilo wrote publicly to Shannel and told him he had breached "collective Cabinet responsibility": "As a developing country Solomon Islands should continue to strengthen our ties with traditional partners before pursuing new diplomatic groupings".[7]

Agovaka has also served on a number of parliamentary committees, and chairs the Constitution Review Committee since July 2009.[8]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Biography on the website of the Parliament of Solomon Islands
  2. ^ Biography on the website of the Parliament of Solomon Islands
  3. ^ Biography on the website of the Parliament of Solomon Islands
  4. ^ Biography on the website of the Parliament of Solomon Islands
  5. ^ 2010 election data, Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation
  6. ^ "Ten more ministers sworn in", Solomon Star, 23 November 2011
  7. ^ "PM Sacks Foreign Minister", Solomon Times, 10 February 2012
  8. ^ Biography on the website of the Parliament of Solomon Islands