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Solomons Accuses Australia of Influencing MPs Over Elections

  • Australian foreign minister offered to fund Solomons election
  • PM Sogavare wants to change constitution to postpone 2023 vote
Manasseh Sogavare

Manasseh Sogavare

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The Solomon Islands accused Australia of trying to “influence” its lawmakers ahead of a vote on a constitutional amendment to delay elections until 2024, after Canberra offered to fund the Pacific nation’s next national ballot.

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare’s office said Australia’s offer was “inappropriate” and it would not respond until the constitutional amendment had been voted on. The stern response is a setback for Australia’s push to improve relations with the Pacific nation as China expands its influence in the region.