Governor-General of Solomon Islands
|Governor-General of Solomon Islands|
Coat of Arms of Solomon Islands
Sir Frank Kabui
GCMG CSI OBE
since 7 July 2009
|Appointed by:||Queen Elizabeth II
as Queen of Solomon Islands
|First:||Sir Baddeley Devesi|
|Formation:||7 July 1978|
|Term length:||At Her Majesty's pleasure|
The Governor-General of Solomon Islands is the representative of the Queen of Solomon Islands, Elizabeth II. The Queen does not reside in the islands, and so the Governor-General serves as the country's de facto head of state in her absence.
Solomon Islands is a Commonwealth realm which has retained the monarchy of the nation's former colonial power, the United Kingdom, as its own distinct monarchy. The Governors-General of most other Commonwealth realms are appointed on the advice of the Prime Minister of each realm. However, in Solomon Islands, the Governor-General is appointed by the monarch on the advice of the National Parliament to a five-year term. In practice, this means that the Governor-General is elected by the parliament.
The current Governor-General is Sir Frank Kabui, a former High Court judge,1 who was elected on 15 June 2009 after four rounds of voting. Kabui polled 30 votes, Edmund Andresen eight votes and the outgoing Governor General, Sir Nathaniel Waena seven votes.2 His term will end on 7 July 2014.
Prior to the country's independence and the establishment of this office, the islands were governed by a Governor and the Executive Council.
|1||Sir Baddeley Devesi||7 July 1978 – 7 July 1988||Queen Elizabeth II||Served as Governor-General for two consecutive terms.|
|2||Sir George Lepping||7 July 1988 – 7 July 1994|
|3||Sir Moses Pitakaka||7 July 1994 – 7 July 1999|
|4||Sir John Lapli||7 July 1999 – 7 July 2004||Held as hostage by the MEF rebels for a few days in June 2000.|
|5||Sir Nathaniel Waena||7 July 2004 – 7 July 2009|
|6||Sir Frank Kabui||7 July 2009 – Present|
- "Frank Kabui the new Governor General in Solomon Islands". Radio New Zealand International.
- "Frank Kabui is New Governor General". Solomon Times. 15 June 2009.
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