9th Parliament of Solomon Islands

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The 9th Parliament of Solomon Islands is the current term of the National Parliament of Solomon Islands. It was determined by the 2010 general election. It was preceded by the 8th Parliament (2006-2010).

The 9th Parliament consists in 50 representatives, elected from 50 single-seat constituencies.[1]

Current party standings[edit]

The various parties currently have the following number of seats.[2] The Speaker is chosen from outside Parliament.[3]

Party Seats Change since 8th Parliament
Democratic Party 13 +8
OUR Party 3 +3
Reformed Democratic Party 3 +3
Independent Democratic Party 2 +2
People's Alliance Party 2 -6
Party for Rural Advancement 2 -3
Liberal Party 1 -2
National Party 1 -3
People's Congress Party 1 +1
People's Federation Party 1 +1
Rural and Urban Political Party 1 +1
Rural Development Party 1 +1
Independents 19 +7
Speaker 1 n/a


The following are the current 50 members of the National Parliament.[4]

Of these, only seven had been in Parliament prior to 2006. Job Tausinga is Parliament's veteran, having been continuously elected since 1984. Danny Philip was first elected in 1984, but lost his seat in 2001, before regaining it in 2010. Walter Folotalu was first elected in 1994, lost his seat in 1997, and returned to Parliament in a bye-election in 2008. Manasseh Sogavare and Snyder Rini have both continuously been elected since 1997. Gordon Darcy Lilo is serving his third consecutive term, having first been elected in 2001. And James Tora first entered Parliament in a bye-election in 2004. Twenty other MPs (including the now deceased Toswel Kaua) are serving their second term, while the other twenty-three (including the now deceased Steve Laore, and disgraced Jimmy Lusibaea) are first time MPs.[5]

From among these MPs, Prime Minister Danny Philip appointed his Cabinet on 27 August,[6] while Opposition Leader Steve Abana appointed his Shadow Cabinet on 31 August. Additionally, Clay Forau was elected Leader of the Independent Members of Parliament.[7]

MP Party Constituency In Parliament since... Cabinet position?
Steve William Abana Democratic Fataleka 2006 no (Leader of the Opposition;
Shadow Minister for Public Service, Aug. 2010- )
Peter Shannel Agovaka OUR Party Central Guadalcanal 2006 Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Relations (Aug. 2010- )
Lional Alex Independent South Vella La Vella 2010 Minister for Rural Development and Indigenous Affairs (Aug. 2010- )
Heinz Horst Bodo Dettke Independent North West Guadalcanal 2010 Minister for Forestry (Aug.-Nov. 2010)
Minister for Fisheries & Marine Resources (Dec. 2010- )
Douglas Ete Reformed Democratic East Honiara 2010 Minister for Public Service (Aug.-Dec. 2010)
Minister for Forestry (Dec. 2010-Jan. 2011)
Jackson Fiulaua Independent Central Kwara'ae 2010 Minister for Infrastructure and Development (Aug. 2010- )
Walter Folotalu Democratic Lau/Mbaelelea 2008
previously MP from 1994 to 1997
no (Shadow Minister for Communication and Aviation;
Shadow Minister for Police, National Security and Correctional services, Aug. 2010- )
Clay Forau Soalaoi People's Federation Temotu Vatud 2006 no (Leader of the Independent Members, Aug. 2010- )
John Moffat Fugui Independent Central Honiara 2010 Minister for the Environment and Conservation (Aug. 2010- )
Moses Garu Democratic West Guadalcanal 2010 no (Shadow Minister for Rural Development and Indigenous Affairs, Aug. 2010- )
Alfred Ghiro Democratic East Makira 2010 no (Shadow Minister for Provincial Government and Institutional strengthening, Aug. 2010- )
Seth Gukuna Independent Rennell-Bellona 2006 no (Shadow Minister for Culture and Tourism, Aug. 2010- )
Dick Ha'amori Rural Development West Makira 2006 Minister for Education and Human Resources (Aug. 2010- )
Rick Houenipwela Democratic Small Malaita 2010 no (Shadow Minister for Finance and Treasury, Aug. 2010- )
Shemuel Sam Iduri Democratic West Kwara'ae 2006 no (Shadow Minister for National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace, Aug. 2010- )
Martin Kealoe Democratic Malaita Outer Islands 2010 no
Mark Roboliu Kemakeza Independent Ngella 2006 Minister for Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification (Aug. 2010- )
Andrew Hanaria Keniasina People's Congress Party East 'Are'are 2010 no (Shadow Minister for Fisheries and Marine Resources, Aug. 2010- )
Gordon Darcy Lilo Independent Gizo-Kolombangara 2001 Minister for Finance and Development Planning (Aug. 2010- )
Varian Lonamei Independent Democratic Maringe-Kokota 2006 Minister for Aviation and Communication (Aug. 2010- )
Manasseh Maelanga Democratic East Malaita 2008 Deputy Prime Minister;
Minister for Home Affairs (Aug. 2010- )
Martin Magga People's Alliance Temotu Pele 2006 no
John Maneniaru Independent West 'Are'are 2010 no (Shadow Minister for Commerce, Industry, Labour and Immigration, Aug. 2010- )
Samuel Manetoali Rural and Urban Gao-Bugotu 2006 Minister for Tourism and Culture (Aug. 2010- )
Commins Aston Mewa Independent Temotu Nende 2010 Minister for Justice and Legal Affairs (Aug. 2010- )
Elijah Doro Muala National South Choiseul 2010 Minister for Commerce, Industry, Labour and Immigration (Aug. 2010- )
Joseph Onika Independent North East Guadalcanal 2010 Minister for Women, Youth and Sports (Aug. 2010- )
David Day Pacha Democratic South Guadalcanal 2006 no (Shadow Minister for Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification, Aug. 2010- )
Dickson Mua Panakitasi OUR Party Savo-Russels 2010 no (Shadow Minister for Health and Medical Services, Aug. 2010- )
Danny Philip Reformed Democratic South New Georgia 2010
previously MP from 1984 to 2001
Prime Minister (Aug. 2010- )
Snyder Rini Independent Democratic Marovo 1997 Minister for Aid Coordination and Planning (Aug. 2010- )
Selwyn Riumana Independent Hograno-Kia-Havulei 2006 Minister for Agriculture and Livestock (Aug. 2010- )
Connelly Sandakabatu Independent North-West Choiseul 2010 no (Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Livestock, Aug. 2010- )
Charles Sigoto Reformed Democratic Ranonga-Simbo 2010 Minister for Health and Medical Services (Aug. 2010- )
Derek Sikua Liberal East Central Guadalcanal 2006 no
Stanley Festus Sofu Democratic East Kwaio 2006 Minister for Public Service (Dec. 2010- )
Manasseh Sogavare OUR Party East Choiseul 1997 no (Shadow Minister for Lands, Housing and Survey;
Shadow Minister for National Planning and Aid Coordination, Aug. 2010- )
Martin Sopage Independent North Guadalcanal 2006 Minister for Lands, Housing and Survey (Aug. 2010- )
Hypolite Taremae Independent Central Makira 2010 Minister for Peace, Reconciliation and National Unity
(Aug. 2010- )
Job Dudley Tausinga Rural Advancement North New Georgia 1984 no (Shadow Minister for Forestry, Aug. 2010- )
Silas Tausinga Rural Advancement West New Georgia 2010 no (Shadow Minister for Women, Youth and Children's Affairs, Aug. 2010- )
Peter Tom Democratic West Kwaio 2006 no (Shadow Minister for Home Affairs, Aug. 2010- )
James Tora Democratic Ulawa-Ugi 2004 Minister for Police and National Security (Aug. 2010- )
Bradley Tovosia Independent East Guadalcanal 2010 Minister for Provincial Government (Aug. 2010- )
Milna Tozaka People's Alliance North Vella Lavella 2006 no (Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade;
Shadow Minister for Justice and Legal Affairs, Aug. 2010- )
Namson Tran Independent West Honiara 2010 no
Matthew Wale Democratic Aoke-Langalanga 2008 no (Deputy Leader of Opposition;
Shadow Minister for Education and Human Resources Development;
Shadow Minister for the Environment, Conservation and Meteorology, Aug. 2010- )
vacant - Baegu/Asifola - -
vacant - North Malaita - -
vacant - Shortlands - -


  • Steve Laore (Independent), MP for Shortlands, died on 25 August 2010, three weeks after the election. There was a bye-election in Shortlands to determine his successor, on 30 March 2011. His brother Christopher Laore (Independent) succeeded him.[8][9]
  • Toswel Kaua (Independent), MP for Baegu-Asifola, died on 16 November 2010. There was a bye-election in Baegu-Asifola to determine his successor, on 30 March 2011. David Tome (Independent) succeeded him.[10][11]
  • Jimmy Lusibaea (Independent), MP for North Malaita and Minister for Fisheries, lost his seat on 30 November 2010 upon being sentenced to two years and nine months in gaol for assault and grievous bodily harm.[12] On 20 January 2011, the Minister for Police, James Tora, remitted Lusibaea's sentence to one month, using his discretion as Minister under section 38 of the Correctional Service Act. Consequently, Lusibaea was no longer barred from occupying his seat, and resumed his functions in Parliament.[13] On 17 October, the High Court ruled that the remit did not amount to a court-sanctioned reduction in sentence, and Lusibaea lost his seat once more. There was a bye-election in North Malaita on 1 August 2012 to determine his successor.[14][15] His wife Vika Lusibaea (Independent) succeeded him, becoming only the second woman ever to be elected to Parliament (following Hilda Kari in the 1990s).[16]
  • Andrew Hanaria (People's Congress Party), MP for East 'Are'are and Minister for Civil Aviation, had his election voided by the High Court on 7 December 2011. He was found to have bribed voters in his constituency with cash and material goods before the election. There was a bye-election in East 'Are'are on 1 August 2012 to determine his successor.[17] Andrew Manepora'a (party not specified) succeeded him.[18]
  • Mark Kemakeza (Independent), MP for Nggella, lost his seat in March 2012 upon being convicted of misuse of public funds and sentenced to fourteen months in gaol.[19] A by-election was held on 27 February 2013 to determine his successor; trade unionist and teacher Johnley Hatimoana was elected to replace him.[20]
  • Johnley Hatimoana, MP for Ngella, died suddenly of pneumonia on 18 April 2014.[21] There was no by-election, as the next general election was only a few months away.
  • Martin Magga (People's Alliance), MP for Temotu Pele, died after a long illness on 25 August 2014. As with Johnley Hatimoana, his death did not necessitate a by-election.[22]


The following Acts have, so far, been enacted under the Ninth Parliament.[23]

  • 2010 Supplementary Appropriation Act 2011
  • 2011 Appropriation Act 2011

See also[edit]

8th Parliament of Solomon Islands


  1. ^ "Members of the 8th Parliament", National Parliament of Solomon Islands
  2. ^ 2010 election data, Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation
  3. ^ "Sir Allan is new Speaker", Solomon Star, 9 September 2010
  4. ^ "Alphabetical Listing of Members of the 9th Parliament", National Parliament of Solomon Islands
  5. ^ "Alphabetical Listing of Members of the 9th Parliament", National Parliament of Solomon Islands
  6. ^ "PM Philip name ministers", Island Sun, 27 August 2010
  7. ^ "Abana is new Opposition leader", Solomon Star, 1 September 2010
  8. ^ "Solomons MP dies after election win", Sydney Morning Herald, 26 August 2010
  9. ^ "New MP for Shortlands", Solomon Star, 1 April 2011
  10. ^ "Solomon Islands MP Kaua dies after long illness", Radio New Zealand International, 16 November 2010
  11. ^ "Tome gets more votes", Solomon Star, 4 April 2011
  12. ^ "Solomon Islands faces crisis as minister jailed", The Australian, 1 December 2010
  13. ^ "Can Lusibaea perform his functions as a member of parliament?", Solomon Star, 26 January 2011
  14. ^ "High Court Rules against Lusibaea", Solomon Times, 18 October 2011
  15. ^ "Solomon Islands Governor General accepts ruling on Lusibaea", Radio New Zealand International, 18 October 2011
  16. ^ "Second Female Enters Parliament", Solomon Times, 6 August 2012
  17. ^ "MP loses seat", Solomon Star, 8 December 2011
  18. ^ "Governor General Congratulates New Parlimentarians", Solomon Times, 7 August 2012
  19. ^ "Kemakeza Convicted, Loses Seat", Solomon Times, 14 March 2012
  20. ^ "Solomon Islands Gela constituency has a new MP", PINA, 4 March 2013
  21. ^ "Solomons MP Hatimoana dies of pneumonia", Radio New Zealand International, 22 April 2014
  22. ^ "Temotu Pele MP Dies", Islands Business, 27 August 2014
  23. ^ "2011 Solomon Islands Sessional Legislation", Pacific Law Database