Solomon Islands: Sogavare defeats no confidence motion

The Solomon Islands prime minister Manasseh Sogavare Photo: Solomon Islands Government Communications Unit

The Solomon Islands prime minister Manasseh Sogavare has defeated a motion of no confidence by 32 votes to 15 with two abstentions.

It was moved by the leader of the opposition Matthew Wale after major political unrest in the capital last month saw three days of rioting, looting and burning of businesses and properties in Honiara.

During the debate on the motion Mr Wale made multiple allegations of corruption against the prime minister, accusing Mr Sogavare of using money from foreign loggers and China to secure his support in the house.

In response Mr Sogavare challenged him to prove them in court.

“I’m willing to face justice Mr Speaker. I’m very willing if the leader of the Opposition can prove the allegation against me. No one is above the law.

As a matter of fact Mr Speaker that is the easiest way to remove the Prime Minister, no need to burn all the shops. no need for looting things…the easiest way Mr Speaker,” he said.

Red Cross takes cautious approach amid political tension

The Red Cross Society in the Solomon Islands is responding cautiously to the humanitarian crisis brought on by recent political unrest.

Red Cross secretary-general in the Solomons Clement Manuri said they are working closely with the authorities and other aid agencies to ensure the safety of volunteers and members of the public.

“Everything is unpredictable. We have the motion of no confidence. It’s good for them to stay at home and not come into the streets. That’s when things can get worse, when the streets are full. So it’s good for them to remain at home.”

Clement Manuri said the Red Cross has yet to reach many affected areas in the city because of restrictions on movement including a nightly curfew.

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