Solomons avoids violent election, but stability uncertain

HMAS Wewak conducts amphibious beach landing training on Guadalcanal beach, in the Solomon Islands.  HMAS Wewak, a Royal Australian Navy Landing Craft Heavy (LCH) has conducted an amphibious landing operation with the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) and RAMSI personnel in the Solomon Islands. (Photo: Royal Australian Navy)

Author: Norm Kelly, ANU

The Solomon Islands elections held in August were conducted peacefully, and largely without incident – a relief to the RAMSI security force which had been bolstered in the months leading up to the elections. The increased RAMSI presence was a reaction to the 2006 elections and the then election of Snyder Rini as Prime Minister, when RAMSI was found wanting amid riots and looting and Honiara’s Chinatown was largely destroyed.

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