Solomons Prime Min­is­ter So­gavare urged to press on with anti-cor­rup­tion bill

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Ho­niara: Civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions in Solomon Is­lands are urg­ing the Prime Min­is­ter to push on with leg­is­la­tion aimed at set­ting up the coun­try’s first In­de­pen­dent Com­mis­sion Against Cor­rup­tion. Manasseh So­gavare sus­pended the pas­sage of the 2016 Anti-Cor­rup­tion Bill af­ter its first read­ing two weeks ago, cit­ing a re­ver­sal in the bi-par­ti­san support for the bill.

But the ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer for Trans­parency Solomon Is­lands Ruth Lil­o­qula said the post­pone­ment sug­gested an in­ter­nal strug­gle, as the gov­ern­ment should not need the support of the op­po­si­tion or in­de­pen­dents to pass the leg­is­la­tion. “We call on the prime min­is­ter to cham­pion the bill and do some­thing right for this coun­try. And if it means the down­fall of his ten­ure as Prime Min­is­ter I think he will be more respected for do­ing the right thing for the coun­try.” Par­lia­ment re­sumes to­day.

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