US News Salomon islands: a bill to postpone the elections arouses concern

08:30  10 august  2022
08:30  10 august  2022 Source:   rfi.fr

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Pour expliquer le report des élections, le Premier ministre Manasseh Sogavare évoque un manque de moyens et l’accueil la même année des jeux du Pacifique. © AFP/Archivos To explain the postponement of the elections, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare evokes a lack of means and the reception in the same year of games of the Pacific.

A bill aimed at delaying at least seven months the elections was submitted to Parliament which must examine the text on September 5. The approach of a government that has displayed itself in recent months as close to Beijing, worries its political opponents.

To justify this bill, the Salomonais Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare talks about the lack of means to organize elections and welcome the Pacific Games in the same year. Absurd, objects the opposition which denounces an amendment to the Constitution for only two weeks of competitions.

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Indeed, the Pacific Games will take place at the end of 2023 while the elections must be held within four months after the dissolution of the Parliament in May next year. If the bill is adopted, the elections will not take place before 2024 at the earliest. An obvious denial of democracy for the opposition.

Last year, Popular riots rocked the archipelago against the Chinese economic presence and to request the resignation of Sogavare. Recently, the head of government concluded an security pact with fuzzy contours with Beijing , arousing the disapproval of the United States and Australia which are worried about the implications of a Chinese military presence in a highly area strategic also coveted by these two countries.

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