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The Dangers of Political Party Strengthening Legislation in Solomon Islands

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Title: The Dangers of Political Party Strengthening Legislation in Solomon Islands
Author(s): Fraenkel, Jon
Regan, Anthony
Hegarty, David
Date published: 2008
Publisher: Canberra, ACT: Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University
Series/Report no.: Working Paper (The Australian National University, State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) Program): 2008/2
The Solomon Islands government is considering introducing laws aimed at strengthening political parties, at restricting MPs from switching sides and at halting excessive use of ‘no confidence’ motions. The government wants to (i) abolish the constitutional position of the ‘Leader of the Independents’ , (ii) reform the process of selection of Prime Ministers and (iii) build a more coherent party system by adopting legislation similar to that experimented with in Papua New Guinea . The aim is to increase political stability, and give Prime Ministers and Cabinets an opportunity to implement their policies without having to focus continually on sustaining fragile coalitions, or on attracting opposition members to cross the floor to strengthen governments.


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