SOLOMON ISLANDS LEADER ULUFA‘ALU SAYS HIS GOVERNMENT IS STRONGER THAN EVER

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (August 29, 1999 – Radio Australia)---The government of the Solomon Islands claims to enjoy political stability despite the ethnic unrest in Guadalcanal Province.

Radio Australia correspondent George Atkin reports from the capital, Honiara.

"Prime Minister Bartholomew Ulufa‘alu told journalists today that his Solomon Islands Alliance for Change Government continues to maintain the support of Guadalcanal parliamentarians despite the ethnic unrest in their province. And he adds that his governments numerical strength has increased from 33 to 35 M-P's in the National parliament.

"Mr. Ulufa‘alu said more MP's had recently joined his camp because they are fed up with the social unrest on Guadalcanal, maintaining his earlier claim that the social unrest does have political elements that aim to topple his administration.

"George Atkin, Honiara."

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