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Peter Kenilorea

The Right Honourable
Peter Kenilorea
Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands
In office
19 November 1984 – 1 December 1986
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by Solomon Mamaloni
Succeeded by Ezekiel Alebua
In office
7 July 1978 – 31 August 1981
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by Position Established
Succeeded by Solomon Mamaloni
Personal details
Born 23 May 1943
Malaita, Solomon Islands
Political party Solomon Islands United Party

Sir Peter Kenilorea KBE (born 23 May 1943) is a Solomon Islander politician, officially styled The Rt. Hon. Sir Peter Kenilorea as a member of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom.

Kenilorea was born in Takataka village on Malaita island, of 'Are'are ethnicity. He was trained as a teacher for the South Seas Evangelical Church and a co-founder of the Solomon Islands Christian Association. As a young man he helped to found the Solomon Islands United Party.

He became Chief Minister of the Solomon Islands in 1976 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. He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1988 to 1989 and from 1990 to 1993.

Following fighting between the Malaita Eagle Force and the Isatabu Freedom Movement, Kenilorea was, along with Paul Tovua, co-chairman of the peace talks,[1] and he became Chairman[2] of the eight-member[1] Peace Monitoring Council,[2] which was created in August 2000.[1] In the Seventh Parliament, which sat from 2001 to 2005, he was Speaker of Parliament.[3]

He 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.[4] Following the 2006 general election, he was re-elected as Speaker of Parliament without opposition in April 2006.[5] He held the position until 2010.[6]

He subsequently sought to return to Parliament, and was an unsuccessful candidate in a by-election in East 'Are'are in August 2012.[7]


  1. ^ a b c "Solomon Islands: Cease-fire monitoring group appointed", Solomon Islands Ministry of Commerce web site (, August 4, 2000.
  2. ^ a b "Solomon Islands: "Final appeal" to militants to hand over weapons", Radio New Zealand International (, December 13, 2000.
  3. ^ "Members of the Seventh Parliament", Solomon Islands Parliament website.
  4. ^ "Solomons MPs choose new governor-general", Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation web site (, June 15, 2004.
  5. ^ "Solomon Islands Parliament sworn in", Xinhua, 24 April 2006.
  6. ^ "The Speaker", National Parliament of Solomon Islands
  7. ^ "Governor General Congratulates New Parlimentarians", Solomon Times, 7 August 2012

External links

  • Sir Peter's detailed biography and chronology on the website of the Solomon Star newspaper
  • "Realising political stability". Transcript of Sir Peter Kenilorea's opening address at a conference on "Political Parties and Integrity Reform", Honiara, August 30, 2008
Political offices
Preceded by
None - Position Created
Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands (first time)
Succeeded by
Solomon Mamaloni
Preceded by
Solomon Mamaloni
Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands (second time)
Succeeded by
Ezekiel Alebua
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