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CBSI estimates $227 million minimum loss to the local economy due to the unrest

The Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) has conducted an initial impact assessment over the damage to the economy caused by the recent unrest and riots in Honiara since Wednesday. The findings have revealed that the loss to the local economy is estimated to be around $227 million (US$28 million) at a minimum. Domestic economic activity, including employment, was significantly impacted...

Australia’s early intervention can help Solomon Islands but the roots of the conflict run deep

By Mihai Sora Honiara has awoken to a calmer scene but tension lingers as quelling the violent protests has not resolved their underlying causes Unresolved tensions and geopolitical pressures are a volatile mix in Solomon Islands. What began as a peaceful protest calling for the resignation of prime minister Manasseh Sogavare on Wednesday quickly descended into unrest as the crowd of about...

Solomons’ Opposition Leader rejects accusations he incited unrest

Solomon Islands' Opposition Leader says he "categorically rejects" claims that he incited or is responsible for the unrest in the capital Honiara. Matthew Wale is calling for the Prime Minister Manessah Sogavare to resign but denies the PM's accusation that he encouraged people to disturb Parliament. Speaking to the ABC, Sogavare dismissed other grievances protesters held about his government, insisting the...

UN shipping body considers zero emissions goal, defers decision to 2023

Countries are open to strengthening a global climate goal for shipping, but not before a planned review of the strategy in 2023. That was the upshot of talks in the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) environment committee on Monday and Tuesday. There was no consensus behind a specific proposal by three Pacific island nations – the Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands and Kiribati...

Honiara as the smoke subsides

The riots in Solomon Islands this week follow a pattern of past unrest – yet with important symbolic differences, too. By Anouk Ride This morning the 36-hour lockdown imposed after rioting struck Honiara in Solomon Islands has lifted. The scene is a sorry one, buildings burned, debris on the main road, shops looted and exhausted police making way to work with...

PNG Government to deploy PNGDF to Solomon Islands

Papua New Guinea Government negotiations are taking place to deploy Defence Force and police personnel to the Solomon Islands. The Office of Prime Minister James Marape confirmed with NBC News that Mar ape received the request from Sogavare for PNG to send assistance to maintain law and order in Honiara. The Office of the Police Minister also told NBC News last...

Pray for Solomon Islands: Rabuka

People Alliance Party Leader, former Prime Minister and peace envoy to the Pacific Sitiveni Rabuka is urging all Fijians to pray for the people in the Solomon Islands as the country is going through a turmoil. Rabuka in a press conference today said he is not speaking on behalf of the Government or opposition political parties but as a former...

Voting in Samoa by-elections underway

Voting is underway for six by-elections in Samoa. The by-elections followed the election petition process after the controversial general poll held on 09 April, which led, eventually, to the FAST Party assuming power. The long-time ruling party, the HRPP, which trailed FAST by one seat after the poll, then lost seven seats in the petition process. The six constituencies are Sagaga 2;...

Siaosi Sovaleni is top bet for Tonga PM

By Iliesa Tora in Nuku'alofa Tongatapu 3 representative and current Education Minister Siaosi Sovaleni or Hu’akavameiliku is the top bet to become the country’s next Prime Minister. Following the November 18 general election Sovaleni has been rated by many Tongans here as the best choice for the top post. He raked in a total of 2,084 votes of the total 2,502 votes...

Australia sends troops and police to Solomon Islands as unrest grows

Australia is deploying more than 100 police and defence force personnel to Solomon Islands, where anti-government protesters took to the streets in the capital, Honiara, for a second day running in defiance of a lockdown order. The Australian government said the deployment would support “riot control” and security at critical infrastructure, a day after demonstrators attempted to storm parliament and...

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