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Independent, returning MPs dominate new Solomon Islands Parliament

 
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Police Response team (PRT) on the alert in Gizo, Western province, for the Solomon Islands general election last week. Image: SI Police/Solomon Star

By Koroi Hawkins of RNZ Pacific

Independent and returning MPs dominate the line-up for Solomon Islands new Parliament with all the results in from last week’s election.

Nearly three-quarters of MPs have retained their seats, including the Prime Minister of the last two years, Rick Hou.

The 50-seat Parliament has 14 new MPs and two women.

The Solomon Islands Parliament chamber in Honiara. Image: Koroi Hawkins/RNZ Pacific

Lanelle Tanangada and Freda Soriacomua are among the 36 MPs who retained their seats.

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Twenty-one MPs standing as independents have been elected, making up nearly half the Parliament, while the two largest of the eight parties voted in have just eight seats each.

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Most constituencies recorded voter turnouts of more than 80 percent.

The Electoral Commission and international observer groups have commended the country for a peaceful election.

Observers also noted some discrepancies such as voters having difficulty finding their names on polling day.

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