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Sir Peter Kenilorea KBE (born May 23, 1943) is a Solomon Islandsmarker politician, officially styled The Rt. Hon. Sir Peter Kenilorea as a member of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom.

Kenilorea was born in Takataka village on Malaitamarker island, of 'Are'are ethnicity. He was trained as a teacher for the South Seas Evangelical Church and a co-founder of the Solomon Islands Christian Association. As a young man he helped to found the Solomon Islands United Party.

He became Chief Minister of the Solomon Islands in 1976 and led the country to independence from Britain in 1978. He then became Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands until 1981, and again from 1984 to 1986. He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1988 to 1989 and from 1990 to 1993.

Following fighting between the Malaita Eagle Force and the Isatabu Freedom Movement, Kenilorea was, along with Paul Tovua, co-chairman of the peace talks, and he became Chairman of the eight-member Peace Monitoring Council, which was created in August 2000. In the Seventh Parliament, which sat from 2001 to 2005, he was Speaker of Parliament.

He was a candidate for the post of Governor-General in mid-June 2004, but he received only 8 of 41 votes in Parliament, placing second behind Nathaniel Waena, who received 27 votes. Following the 2006 general election, he was re-elected as Speaker of Parliament without opposition in April 2006.

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  1. "Solomon Islands: Cease-fire monitoring group appointed", Solomon Islands Ministry of Commerce web site (, August 4, 2000.
  2. "Solomon Islands: "Final appeal" to militants to hand over weapons", Radio New Zealand International (, December 13, 2000.
  3. "Members of the Seventh Parliament", Solomon Islands Parliament website.
  4. "Solomons MPs choose new governor-general", Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation web site (, June 15, 2004.
  5. "Solomon Islands Parliament sworn in", Xinhua, 24 April 2006.

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