Solomon Islands. At the beginning of the year, Prime
Minister Bartholomew Ulufa'alu rejected foreign accusations
of having received compensation from Papua New Guinea for
opposing the Bougainville island's struggle for
independence. The aid was, according to
Countryaah, compensation for taking care of refugees from the
In July, Ulufa'alu dismissed his finance minister and
took care of his duties until further notice. At the same
time, two opposition politicians were seated in the
government, led by the Solomon Islands Liberal Party (SILP).
When the Minister of Domestic Business Development was
dismissed in August, six MPs protested from the government
side to the opposition. Thus, the opposition claimed that it
had the support of 25 of the 49 members of Parliament, but
no immediate distrust of the government came to fruition.