At the helm of Solomon Islands politics, Rick Houenipwela became the country’s 17th PrimeMinister.He came into power after his predecessorManasseh Sogavarewas voted out. This change in leadership came barely a year to go before the country’s next election scheduled for 2019. He spoke to Mereseini Marau-Totoka about his new appointment.
IB: How are you settling in as Prime Minister of Solomon Islands?
PM Houenipwela: Very well. I am supported by a solid collation of four political parties with my own party of eleven members.
IB: Were you expecting this Mr Prime Minister, that one day you will become the leader of Solomon Islands?
PM Houenipwela: Yes indeed – when I was elected into Parliament I look forward to the opportunity to serve my country in that capacity one day, although I did not think it would (happen) in my second term.
IB: You made a name for yourself as a bold and shrewd manager of public finances during your term as Governor of the Central Bank of Solomon Islands. Should we expect a similar kind of legacy during your term as PM?
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