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Civil Society groups continue push for Solomons PM to resign

Civil society groups in Solomon Islands say they will relentlessly push for the Prime Minister to resign, after he rejected their claims as ridiculous.
The groups, including Forum Solomon Islands International, Anti-Corruption Network of Solomon Islands, Solomon Islands National Teachers Association and Malaita Ma’asina Forum, urged the Prime Minister to step down two weeks ago, after accusing him of lying about his trip to Indonesia.
They say Gordon Darcy Lilo had claimed it was funded by the Indonesian government, but local media reported his government had footed the bill of more than one million Solomon Islands dollars.
A spokesperson, Barnabas Henson, says they will fight for the Prime Minister’s resignation.
“Well part of our strategy is to maximum exposure of the evidence that we’ve got against the allegations that we’ve got against him. So part of the strategy is to come out and expose it in the media. And this is to put pressure on him, and to actually call on the conscience of the people to actually support in telling him you need to go.”


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