Fears of more violence in the Solomon Islands as leader faces no confidence vote

Solomon Islands opposition leader Matthew Wale has accused Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare of using money from China to prop up his political strength.

6/12/2021 6:48:00 AM

Solomon Islands opposition leader Matthew Wale has accused Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare of using money from China to prop up his political strength:

Solomon Islands opposition leader Matthew Wale has accused Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare of using money from China to prop up his political strength.

Source:AAPSolomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare faces a motion of no confidence after anti-government riots saw dozens of buildings burned down and shops looted in the Pacific island's capital.Boats have been banned from Honiara harbour, and more than 200 police and soldiers from Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Fiji are on alert, amid fears Monday's vote could trigger another outbreak of violence.

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Church leaders called for dialogue between the nation's most populous province, Malaita, and the national government to resolve a range of domestic issues amid wider geopolitical tensions.A Red Cross vehicle passes through the Chinatown district of Honiara on the Solomon Islands on 26 November, 2021.

Source:AFPOpposition leader Matthew Wale outlined grievances in parliament, including the accusation Sogavare was using money from China in a national fund to prop up his political strength ahead of the vote, and was "in the service of a foreign power". headtopics.com

A Government Gazette notice dated 2 December shows money was withdrawn from the National Provident Fund in the name of 22 politicians in recent days, prompting the accusation from the opposition.Four government MPs have resigned and another 10 government MPs must vote against Sogavare for the no-confidence motion to succeed.

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"The Prime Minister is dependent on the NDF [National Development Fund] money to maintain his political strength. How can he make decisions only in the interests of the Solomon Islands?" Mr Wale said.The people of the Solomon Islands are angry at inadequate healthcare, prime land being taken by foreigners, and logging companies overriding local interests, Mr Wale said.

Read MorePacific puzzle: How China and Australia fit in to Solomon Islands protestsThe looting and violence that erupted on 24 November must be condemned, he said, but "it pales in comparison to the looting that happens at the top".Anti-government protests spiralled into violence that killed four people and destroyed large parts of Honiara's Chinatown after Sogavare refused to speak with protesters who had travelled from Malaita province.

The unrest saw Australia deploy dozens of Australian Federal Police officers and ADF troops to help quell the rioting, with New Zealand last week also ordering police and troops tojoin the international peacekeeping mission.

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While the opposition gets money from the other guys…six in one hand half a dozen in an other. Matt_Ros Good example where people rise up against their govt which has been corrupted by CCP China🇨🇳. Canadians take notes sounds like a plot set the fight between US/AUS and China, if Wale wins, US/AUS will be happy

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