Country Risk

Removal of Solomon Island PM will probably undermine planned anti-corruption drive and marginally increase protest risk

07 November 2017


On 6 November, Solomon Island Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare was removed from office after losing a no-confidence motion brought by Leader of the Parliamentary Independent Group Derek Sikua, with a narrow majority (27 of 50 parliament legislators) supporting the motion.

The no-confidence vote follows the defection of nine ministers – including Deputy Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga – from the ruling Democratic Coalition for Change Government during the past week, claiming loss of faith in Sogavare’s leadership. Sikua accused the government of slow implementation of major national projects; Sogavare responded by accusing the emergent opposition to his leadership of attempting to derail the controversial Anti-Corruption Bill (ACB).

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