Solomon Islands. 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 National Party.
- ABBREVIATIONFINDER.ORG: What does SB stand for? In the field of geography, this two letter acronym means Solomon Islands. Check this to see its other meanings in English and other 35 languages.
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.
According to Countryaah.com, the population of Solomon Islands in 1996 was 359,170, ranking number 174 in the world. The population growth rate was 2.870% yearly, and the population density was 12.8361 people per km2.