The situation in Honiara remains tense because the opposition accuses Manasseh Sogavare of “serving foreign powers”.
Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare (Manasseh Sogavare) faced a motion of no confidence on Monday, after anti-government riots broke out in the Pacific island capital of Honiara last month, dozens of buildings were burned down and shops were looted Empty.
Ships were prohibited from entering the port of Honiara, and more than 200 police and soldiers came from Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Fiji are on alert, worrying that the vote may trigger another violent incident.
Church leaders called for dialogue between the country’s most populous province of Maleta and the national government to resolve a series of domestic issues in the broader geopolitical tension.
Opposition leader Matthew Weir outlined his dissatisfaction in Parliament, including accusing Sogavare of using Chinese funds for national funds to support his political power and “serving foreign powers” before voting.
A government gazette dated December 2 shows that 22 lawmakers have withdrawn funds from the state provident fund in recent days.
Four government members (MPs) have resigned; another 10 government members must vote against Sogavare for the no-confidence motion to succeed.
“The Prime Minister relies on the NDF [National Development Fund] Money to maintain his political power. How could he make a decision just for the benefit of the Solomon Islands? “Will said.
Will said that the people of Solomon Islands are angry about the lack of health care, the occupation of high-quality land by foreigners, and the overriding of local interests by logging companies.
He said that the looting and violence that broke out on November 24 must be condemned, but “it pales in comparison to the looting that took place at the top.”
After Sogavare refused to talk to protesters from Malaita province, the anti-government protests escalated into violence, killing 4 people and destroying most of Honiara’s Chinatown.
Maleta had a dispute with Guadalcanal, where the national government is located. It opposed the Sogavare government in 2019. Officially recognize China instead of Taiwan.
Wales said on Monday that the province of Maraita is the “big brother” of the Solomon Islands family and is capable of confronting the national government.
Health Minister Culwick Togamana spoke during the COVID-19 pandemic in support of Sogavare’s leadership and stated that he should not resign. According to data from the World Health Organization, there have been 20 cases in the country and no deaths.
Voting is expected to take place later on Monday.