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   Solomon Islands elects Sikua as new prime minister

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12/20/2007 12:55 am

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Reuters

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Entered 12/20/2007, Updated 12/20/2007

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Solomon Islands lawmakers elected former education minister Derek Sikua as the Pacific nation's new prime minister. The Solomons went close to collapse in 2003 due to financial mismanagement, corruption and violence among rival clan gangs which ruled the streets of the capital, Honiara, before the arrival of international police and military forces. Sikua was backed by opposition groups who last week secured the numbers to topple former prime minister Manasseh Sogavare in a no-confidence motion in the nation's parliament. He defeated Sogavare's deputy, Patteson Oti, 32 votes to 15. Sikua's victory is likely to ease tensions between the Solomons and key donors Australia and New Zealand, which have led an international police and military intervention to maintain law and order in the troubled country and save it from bankruptcy.


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