NEW SOLOMON ISLANDS PM KEMAKEZA PLEADS FOR UNDERSTANDING

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (December 27, 2001 – Radio Australia)---The newly elected Kemakeza Government has kept its promise and has begun paying outstanding salaries and wages to public servants.

Banks stayed open late on Christmas Eve in Honiara to process pay for police and teachers.

However, teachers in rural areas must wait until tomorrow to receive their pay through the banks.

In his Christmas address Prime Minister Sir Allan Kemakeza pleaded with the citizenry to bear with him on economic conditions in the country.

He said his government had inherited enormous problems and the Solomon Islands was financially broke.

Sir Allan said all economic services in the country had basically ceased to operate because of mismanagement over the last 10 years, a situation worsened by two years of Guadalcanal-Malaita ethnic tension that had broken down law and order.

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