David Derek Sikua
(born October 10, 1959) has been
the Prime Minister
of the Solomon Islands
since December 20, 2007.
from Ngalitavethi Village in Guadalcanal Province.
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,
elected to the National
Parliament in April 2006 (as MP for the North East Guadalcanal 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
and December 22
- Sikua CV at Parliament website.
- "Solomon Islands elects new leader", BBC News,
December 20, 2007.
- Nina Tuhaika, "New Prime Minister for Solomon Islands", Solomon
Times, 20 December 2007.
- "Solomon Islands MPs elect new PM", Xinhua,
December 20, 2007.
- "Solomon Islands parliament elects new PM",
Radio Australia, 20 December 2007
- Joanna Sireheti and Joy Basi, "Prime Minister Sikua Unveil Cabinet", Solomon
Times Online, December 22, 2007.