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Political crisis deepens in Solomon Islands

09 November 2017

Posted in: Pacific Radio News,

By Ruci Farrell - ruci.farrell@pmn.co.nz

Political disarray in the Solomon Islands continues this week as they prepare to vote for a new prime minister.

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare. Photo/ Prime Minister's Press Secretariat Office.

Allegations of corruption and wrangling over an Anti Corruption Bill triggered an exodus of MPs, bringing Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare's rule to an abrupt end.

Sogavare was voted out of office on Monday and Acting Governor General Ajilon Nasiu has advised MPs to elect a new Prime Minister next Wednesday.

News correspondent Robert Iroga says the political upheaval of the last few weeks is not likely to bring next year's general election forward.

"I don't see any indications to suggest that there'll be a snap election," he says. "The election of the prime minister will go ahead and they will allow the government to complete the one year that they still have in Parliament."

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