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David Derek Sikua (born October 10, 1959) has been the Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands since December 20, 2007.

Career

Sikua is from Ngalitavethi Village in Guadalcanal Provincemarker. He was Under Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development from April 1993 to February 1994, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development from February 1994 to November 1997, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Forests, Environment and Conservation from November 1997 to January 1998, Permanent Secretary with Special Duties at the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development from May 2003 to September 7, 2003, and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development from September 8, 2003 to December 31, 2005.

He was elected to the National Parliament in April 2006 (as MP for the North East Guadalcanalmarker constituency) and became Minister of Education and Human Resources Development under Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare on May 4, 2006. He joined the opposition in November 2007. After Sogavare was defeated on December 13, 2007 in a motion of no-confidence, which was put forward by Sikua, Sikua was the opposition's candidate to replace him. He was elected Prime Minister by Parliament on December 20, 2007, receiving 32 votes against 15 for government candidate Patteson Oti. He was sworn in on the same day, and his Cabinet was sworn in on December 21 and December 22.

References

  1. Sikua CV at Parliament website.
  2. "Solomon Islands elects new leader", BBC News, December 20, 2007.
  3. Nina Tuhaika, "New Prime Minister for Solomon Islands", Solomon Times, 20 December 2007.
  4. "Solomon Islands MPs elect new PM", Xinhua, December 20, 2007.
  5. "Solomon Islands parliament elects new PM", ABC Radio Australia, 20 December 2007
  6. Joanna Sireheti and Joy Basi, "Prime Minister Sikua Unveil Cabinet", Solomon Times Online, December 22, 2007.


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