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Solomon Islands: capital under surveillance for distrust of prime minister

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(ANSA-AFP) – HONIARA, DECEMBER 06 – In view of the no-confidence vote scheduled for today against the Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands Manasseh Sogavare, the international peacekeeping forces are monitoring public order in the capital Honiara, for fear of further unrest.

Armed forces and police have set up checkpoints around the parliament and have sealed off the streets in the center.

The opposition has filed a motion to oust Sogavare accusing him of corruption and using Chinese funds to support his government. “He intentionally compromised our sovereignty for his personal political gain,” opposition leader Matthew Wale said in the courtroom at the start of the motion debate.

Police have imposed a ban on the sale of alcohol in Honiara in hopes of avoiding a repeat of the riots with deaths and injuries that occurred less than two weeks ago. Peacekeeping forces from Australia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand had intervened after the local police had been overwhelmed. (ANSA-AFP).

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