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Yearbook 1996

Solomon Islands. According to, the government's unwillingness to regulate forest harvesting continued to create controversy in the country. The murder of an anti-fencing activist on the island of Pavuvu in January, and the police's inability to conduct an in-depth investigation of the case, led to speculation that an official conspiracy was behind the act. Intensive logging on the island of Mono caused both islanders and landowners to protest. Due to the seemingly uncontrolled impact on the islands, the Australian government announced that it intended to reduce financial aid to the country by $ 2.2 million a year.

1996 Solomon Islands

In May, opposition leader Sir Baddeley resigned. He was replaced by Ezekiel Alebua, leader of the newly formed National Party.

In September, Prime Minister Solomon Mamaloni reformed his government. The total number of ministers was reduced from 19 to 17, according to financial reasons, and there were changes in five ministerial posts.

In September, it was also reported that the former postal and communications minister would be charged with corruption charges. Before him, four current or former ministers were awaiting trial on charges of corruption.

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