Solomon Islands. According to
Countryaah.com, 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.
In May, opposition leader Sir Baddeley resigned. He was
replaced by Ezekiel Alebua, leader of the newly formed
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.