Australia offers to fund Solomon Islands election

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare is due to visit Australia soon, but officials are still discussing the timing. – EPA pic, September 6, 2022.

Australia said today it has offered to fund Solomon Islands’ 2023 election, as the Pacific nation’s leader pushed ahead with a controversial bill to delay the vote over budgetary constraints.

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has sought to alter the constitution and delay the election by months until after the country hosts the 2023 Pacific Games, arguing that Solomon Islands cannot afford to do both.

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