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Pacific island links: Sogavare out, COP23, Manus and more

Euan Moyle, an intern with the Lowy Institute's Pacific Islands Program, with links on developments across the region.

Manasseh Sogavare speaking at the United Nations, October 2015 (Photo: UN Photo/Flickr)
Manasseh Sogavare speaking at the United Nations, October 2015 (Photo: UN Photo/Flickr)

By Euan Moyle, an intern in the Lowy Institute's Pacific Islands Program.

  • Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has been ousted after a vote of no-confidence in Parliament. He has said the mass resignations last week that preceded the vote were due to the reintroduction of an anti-corruption bill to parliament, but members of the ruling Democratic Coalition for Change maintain that they had lost faith in Sogavare's leadership.*
  • Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court has rejected an application by asylum seekers on Manus Island to restore essential services to the detention centre, which officially closed last week. Nearly 600 men remain in the facility.*
  • With the detention centre now closed, Jo Chandler's analysis from 2014 provides an interesting perspective on how Australian asylum seeker policies have affected Manus Island.
  • French and New Caledonian officials have met in Paris to discuss next year's independence referendum, with 11,000 names added to the electoral roll, formerly restricted to long-term residents. Radio New Zealand on the reaction to the decision and on how the referendum will be conducted.
  • The COP23 climate change conference hosted by Fiji has opened in Bonn, Germany. Former German environment minister Klaus Töpfer has argued for the conference's importance and for international action on climate change for Pacific states such as Fiji.
  • Radio New Zealand reports on the lack of female representation, voting and enrolment irregularities, violence and corruption in this year's elections in PNG:

*Due to an editorial error, these two points were originally combined.

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