Regional Archive February 2021

Prior to independence, Somare was the chief minister of the Australian-administered territory of Papua New Guinea. He most recently served as the country's leader briefly in 2011.

Papua New Guinea's Founding Father Sir Michael Somare Dies Aged 84

Papua New Guinea's first prime minister, Sir Michael Somare, has died aged 84, his daughter confirmed earlier today.
USP Vice Chancellor Professor Pal Ahluwalia has been deported by the Fijian government over whistleblowing allegations which angered authorities.

Wale Calls on Government to Take Informed Position on USP Saga

Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Matthew Wale has expressed great concern over the ongoing interference of the Fijian government into the operation and affairs of the University of the South Pacific (USP).
The Pacific Islands Forum is the region’s premier political and economic policy organisation. Founded in 1971, it comprises 18 members within the Pacific region.

Micronesia Bloc Withdraws From PIFS

The leaders of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Kiribati, Marshall Islands and Nauru say they will follow Palau in withdrawing from the Pacific Islands Forum (PIFS).
In suspending the jail sentence, Justice Andree Wiltens said Salwai had contributed a lot to the development of Vanuatu during his 18-year parliamentary career.

Vanuatu’s Former Prime Minister Found Guilty of Perjury

Vanuatu's former prime minister, Charles Salawi, has been handed a suspended jail sentence after being found guilty of perjury.