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Solomon Islands leader wins vote of no confidence after riots

By NICK PERRY
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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – The leader of the Solomon Islands survived a vote of no confidence in Parliament following riots in the capital last month. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare told lawmakers in a 90-minute speech that he had done nothing wrong and would not bow to “evil forces” or “Taiwanese agents”. At one point, he lifted his chair and slammed it on the floor of Parliament to emphasize a point. Opponents accuse him and his government of lying, looting and using Chinese money to cling to power. The riots in Honiara grew out of a peaceful protest and highlighted simmering regional rivalries, economic problems and concerns about the country’s growing links to China.

https://kesq.com/news/ap-national-news/2021/12/05/solomon-islands-leader-wins-no-confidence-vote-after-riots/ Solomon Islands leader wins vote of no confidence after riots

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