Sam Iduri

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The Right Honourable
Shemuel Sam Iduri
Minister for National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace
In office
22 December 2007 – 27 August 2010
Prime Minister Derek Sikua
Succeeded by Hypolite Taremae
Minister for National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace
In office
5 May 2006 – 10 November 2007
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare
Member of Parliament
for West Kwara'ae
Assumed office
5 April 2006
Preceded by Benjamin Patrick Una
Personal details
Born Boboilangi Village, Malaita
Political party Democratic Party[1]

Shemuel Sam Iduri (born in Boboilangi Village, Malaita[2]) is a Solomon Islands politician.

After studying at teachers' colleges in Solomon Islands and in Western Australia, he worked as a secondary school principal, then as education officer.[2]

His political career began when he was elected to Parliament as MP for West Kwara'ae, in the April 2006 general election. The following month, the newly installed government of Prime Minister Snyder Rini resigned in the face of public protests, and so as to avoid a motion of no confidence. Iduri supported Rini's successor to the premiership, Manasseh Sogavare, and was appointed Minister for National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace in Sogavare's Cabinet - thus becoming the Minister in charge of facilitating national reconciliation in the aftermath of the ethnic conflicts of the late 1990s and early 2000s. In November 2007, he defected to the Opposition, along with nine other ministers, in an attempt to unseat the Sogavare government. The attempt was ultimately successful, and Derek Sikua replaced Sogavare as Prime Minister in late December. Sikua restored Iduri to his Cabinet post as Minister for National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace.[2][3]

In August 2008, Iduri introduced a Truth and Reconciliation Commission Bill, which led to the establishing in April 2009 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.[4][5]

Iduri retained his seat in Parliament in the August 2010 general election, but not his position in Cabinet. He was succeeded as Minister for National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace by Hypolite Taremae, in Prime Minister Danny Philip's government.[2][6] He was, however, appointed Shadow Minister for National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace in Opposition Leader Steve Abana's Shadow Cabinet.[7]


  1. ^ 2010 National Elections, Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation
  2. ^ a b c d Biography on the website of the Parliament of Solomon Islands
  3. ^ "Voters Want Sam Iduri Leader Back In Government", Solomon Islands Government press release, December 3, 2007
  4. ^ "Minister moves Truth and Reconciliation Commission Bill", Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation, August 26, 2008
  5. ^ "Solomons Commission claims broad support". Radio New Zealand International. 30 April 2009. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "PM Philip name ministers", Island Sun, August 27, 2010
  7. ^ "Abana is new Opposition leader", Solomon Star, September 1, 2010