29 Aug 2017

MP decries Solomons PM's withdrawal of anti-corruption bill

10:25 am on 29 August 2017

An opposition MP in Solomon Islands has decried prime minister Manasseh Sogavare's withdrawal of an anti-corruption bill from parliament on Monday.

Solomon Islands parliament

Solomon Islands parliament Photo: RNZ/ Koroi Hawkins

The bill was the flagship of Mr Sogavare's anti-corruption policies and aimed to establish the framework for an independent commission against corruption.

It had widespread public support going into parliament but stalled after its first reading last year.

In withdrawing the bill this week Mr Sogavare said his intention was to review the bill and bring it back to parliament.

Solomon Islands' prime minister Manasseh Sogavare.

Solomon Islands' prime minister Manasseh Sogavare. Photo: Supplied

But opposition MP Derrick Manu'ari said the prime minister had been forced to withdraw the bill because his own government did not support it.

Mr Manu'ari said its withdrawal was a slap in the face for all Solomon Islanders who stand against corruption.

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