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Melanesia in review: issues and events, 2014: Solomon Islands

Nanau, Gordon (2015) Melanesia in review: issues and events, 2014: Solomon Islands. The Contemporary Pacific, 27 (2). pp. 528-537. ISSN 1043-898X

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    Solomon Islands sailed through another turbulent and attention-grab-bing year in 2014. Natural disasters struck the country, arson and looting marred efforts to national unity, and a new government was formed. Notable events on which this review focuses are those leading up to and following the national general election. Indeed, this was a critical general election for a variety of reasons. It was the first election after the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (ramsi) announced the commencement of its transition and gradual handover of policing control to the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (rsipf). It was also an election after civil society organizations aired frustrations with a Parliament that had legitimated the channeling of state resources into the hands of legislators who were allegedly not very prudent in their decision making. Moreover, the election was the first to be conducted after new legislation on political parties’ integrity was passed and implemented, and it offers an opportunity to assess the impacts and effectiveness of that legislation. The election also offers the chance to comment on political stability and gender equality ideals in the country. Finally, the review should enable us to assess what the future holds for the newly elected Democratic Coalition for Change (dcc) Government.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
    Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Government, Development and International Affairs
    Depositing User: Repo Editor
    Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2016 14:10
    Last Modified: 03 Oct 2016 14:10

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