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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Aug. 1)—The freedom of moving from one political party to another will be the thing in the past after the Political Parties Integrity Bill is passed in Parliament.

Government is embarking on the Political Parties Integrity Bill to prohibit Members of Parliament moving from one political party to another.

This initiative, regarded as one of government’s immediate priorities is contained in the translation of the Policy Framework Document of the Coalition for Change Government led by Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare.

Translation of the Policy document should be finalized by this week.

It has been widely known in government circles that following the completion of the policy framework document, government was going to appoint new permanent secretaries, which it did last week, and consider the Political Parties Integrity Bill.

Government Communications Unit said this Bill will be accompanied or followed by the Anti-Corruption Bill which also seeks to yield the same results and eliminate corruption in high public offices.

The government’s rationale behind this initiative is to create political stability, given the problem and the freedom of members of parliament to cross the floor at any time of their liking.

August 1, 2006

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