Solomon Islands Prime Minister faces a motion of no confidence after the riots

File Photo: On November 26, 2021, police officers from the Royal Solomon Islands Police stand at the checkpoint after several days of turmoil in Honiara, Solomon Islands.Reuters / Elizabeth Osifero

December 6, 2021

Kirsty Needam

SYDNEY – Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavale faces a distrust resolution after dozens of buildings were burned down in a rebel riot and a store was looted in the Pacific island capital about a week ago. ing.

Boats from the port of Honiara are banned, and more than 200 police and soldiers from Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Fiji are wary of fearing voting could cause another outbreak of violence. increase.

Church leaders called for dialogue between the government and Malaita, the country’s most populous state, to resolve various domestic issues amid heightened geopolitical tensions.

Opposition leader Matthew Wale said in parliament that Sogavale was spending money from China on a national fund to support his political power prior to voting and was “serving foreign powers.” Outlined the dissatisfaction.

A notice in the government bulletin dated December 2 indicates that money has recently been withdrawn from the National Provident Fund in the name of 22 lawmakers, urging opposition parties to accuse them.

Four government lawmakers have resigned. Another ten government members must vote against Sogavale for a motion of no confidence to succeed.

“The Prime Minister relies on NDF (National Development Fund) money to maintain his political power. How can he make a decision just for the benefit of the Solomon Islands?” Said.

People in the Solomon Islands are angry with inadequate medical care, major land acquisition by foreigners, and logging companies that nullify local interests, Mr. Wale said.

The looting and violence that occurred on November 24 must be condemned, he said, but “it is inferior to the looting that occurs at the top.”

After Sogavale refused to speak to protesters traveling from Malaita Province, rebel protests were involved in violence, killing four people and destroying much of Honiara’s Chinatown.

Malaita has a history of conflict with the country’s home state of Guadalcanal and opposed the Sogavale government’s official approval of China instead of Taiwan in 2019.

Malaita was the “big brother” of the Solomon Islands family and had the ability to confront the government of the country, Wale said Monday.

Health Minister Culwick Togamana spoke in support of Sogavale’s leadership in the COVID-19 pandemic, stating that he should not resign. According to the World Health Organization, there are 20 cases and no deaths.

Voting was scheduled for the second half of Monday.

(Report by Kirsty Needam, edited by Lincoln Feast.)

Solomon Islands Prime Minister faces a motion of no confidence after the riots

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