Sir Peter Kenilorea, Solomon Islands politician, Died at 72

Sir Peter Kenilorea was born on May 23, 1943, and died on February 24, 2016.

He was a Solomon Islander politician.

He was formally named The Rt Hon. Sir Peter Kenilorea as a member of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom.

Peter Kenilorea was trained as a teacher for the South Seas Evangelical Church and a co-founder of the Solomon Islands Christian Association.

During his younger years, Peter helped to found the Solomon Islands United Party.

In the 1973 general elections, he ran in the Are’are constituency, losing to David Kausimae.

Up to the 1976 elections, the constituency was split and Kenliorea was elected to Parliament in the West Are’are constituency.

Sir Peter Kenilorea became Chief Minister of the Solomon Islands in the same year and led the country to independence from Britain in 1978.

He then served as the first Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands until 1981, and again from 1984 to 1986.

From 1988 to 1989 and from 1990 to 1993, he served as Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Due to the 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, Sir Peter Kenilorea was Speaker of Parliament.

Sir Peter Kenilorea 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, peter was re-elected as Speaker of Parliament without opposition in April 2006.

Peter held the position until 2010.

Peter subsequently sought to return to Parliament, and was an unsuccessful candidate in a by-election in East ‘Are’are in August 2012.

Peter Kenilorea passed away at 72 yrs old.