THE HON MANASSEH SOGAVARE
The Hon Manasseh Sogavare is the Prime Minister of Solomon Islands.
He was re-elected as Prime Minister for the third time on 19th November 2014. He served other terms as Prime Minister from 2000 – 2001 and 2006 – 2007.
Prime Minister Sogavare began his political career when he won the East Choiseul Constituency seat in 1997 and this is his fifth consecutive term as Member for the East Choiseul Constituency. He also served as Deputy Opposition Leader from 1998 – 1999. After the death of Opposition Leader, Hon Sogavare took over the Opposition Leadership and remained in position until 2000 – 2010 when he was ousted.
In the 9th Parliament, he was only a Member in the Opposition.
Prior to his political career, Mr Sogavare started as a Clerk in the Honiara Consumers Cooperative Shop.
He soon moved on to a Clerical position in the Inland Revenue Division in the Ministry of Finance and Treasury and in 1991 became the Commissioner of Inland Revenue and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance and Treasury in 1993 which he was later sidelined.
He holds a Bachelor Degree in Accounting and Economics from the University of the South Pacific (USP) and a Masters’ Degree in Management Studies from the University of Waikato In New Zealand.
He was born on 17 January 1955.