More Rioting In Solomons As PM Faces Resignation Call
Sumaira FH 4 days ago Thu 25th November 2021 | 10:00 AM
Honiara, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 25th Nov, 2021 ) :Fresh rioting broke out in the Solomon Islands' capital Honiara Thursday as Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare called for an end to the inter-island tensions that have plunged the Pacific nation into crisis.
"Today I stand before you to inform you all that our country is safe -- your government is in place and continues to lead our nation," Sogavare said, adding that those responsible "will face the full brunt of the law".
The island's local government also strongly opposed the Solomons' decision to switch diplomatic allegiance from Taiwan to China in 2019, in a move engineered by Sogavare who critics says is too close to Beijing.
"Regrettably, frustrations and pent up anger of the people against the prime minister are spilling uncontrollably over onto the streets, where opportunists have taken advantage of the already serious and deteriorating situation," Wale said in a statement.
Similar inter-island rivalries led to the deployment of an Australian-led peacekeeping force in the Solomons from 2003 to 2017 and the unfolding situation will be closely monitored in Canberra and Wellington.
New Zealand's foreign ministry said Thursday it had not been approached by the Solomons' government for assistance. Australian officials have also been approached for comment.
Sogavare said those involved in the latest unrest had been "led astray" by unscrupulous people.
"I had honestly thought that we had gone past the darkest days in the history of our country, however... (these) events are a painful reminder that we have a long way to go," he said.
"Hundreds of citizens took the law into their own hands today. They were intent on destroying our nation and... the trust that was slowly building among our people," the prime minister added.
"No one is above the law... these people will face the consequences of their actions," he said.