THE Attorney General (AG) will give his legal advice on what’s next on the current political crises situation of Rennell and Bellona Provincial Assembly.
The Provincial Assembly had gone into stalemate situation when Premier Collin Singamoana refused to allow for an assembly meeting called by the Speaker, Dicter Maitaki.
The Attorney General’s office has confirmed receiving reports on the current political crisis that puts the smallest province in Solomon Islands into a political turmoil.
An official from the AG’s chamber authorized by the Attorney General James Apaniai, to speak to Solomon Star said the office is studying analysing the reports it had received about the current political situation in Rennell and Bellona Province before issuing its legal advice on the matter.
The official said in the meantime the Attorney General would need a little more time to be able to assess and give its legal opinion.
The official said the Attorney General Chamber will then inform Rennell and Bellona Provincial Assembly and the public about is legal opinion and advice.
Speaker Maitaki had earlier called for a meeting of the provincial assembly after receiving a letter signed by seven members of the 10 member assembly calling for a meeting to discuss matters of concern levelled against Premier Collin Singamoana and his Provincial Executive.
The Assembly members wanted Premier Collin Singamoana to respond to a number of allegations raised against him and his government.
But in response to the call, Premier Singamoana had refused to attend the meeting claiming it was illegal claiming that the power to call for any assembly meeting lies with the premier alone, and not the Speaker.
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Provincial Government would not speak to Solomon Star yesterday about the Ministry’s position over the issue, excusing to have no time to talk about the issue due to other work commitments.
However, the legal adviser to MPG Melanie Phillips said due to procedural protocols under Public Service code of conduct she would not comment since the office of the Attorney General is the Government’s key legal advisor on issues of this nature.
By AATAI JOHN