For many observers, the elections scheduled for late 2001 offered a possible
circuit breaker to Solomon Islands' deepening political crisis. Behind the crisis
lay four years of ethnic tensions, a de facto coup in June 2000, and a progressive
collapse of the economy and, in many places, law and order. The incumbent
Sogavare administration had come to power as a result of the coup instigated by
an ethnically-based militia group, the Malaitan Eagle Force (MEF), and
elements of the...[Show more]
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