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Political turmoil in Solomon Islands

03 November 2017

Posted in: Pacific Radio News,

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

A Christchurch-based academic says the political turmoil in the Solomon Islands stems from unresolved differences from ethnic conflicts in the early 1990s.

House of Parliament in the Solomon Islands. Photo/ Wikipedia - Dan Hetherington. 

Eight new government ministers were sworn in yesterday by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare following the mass resignation of nine ministers and eight back-benchers last weekend.

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

Two of the government ministers returned to Government before yesterday's swearing in.

Professor Sitiveni Ratuva who heads the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies says political conflict in the past is reflected in the current political dynamics in the Solomon Islands.

"Although Ramsi has been involved in rebuilding the states' institutions, they have not really addressed the fundamental cause of the conflict."

Sogavare faces a vote of no confidence in parliament on Monday.

Tags: Solomon Islands, politics,