430 the contemporary pacific • 18:2 (2006) the space for Solomon Islanders to set In national politics, the year began their own agenda and plot the course with Ham Lini as prime minister of a to the future. This will ensure that the newly formed government. Ham Lini good work that has been done so far is a relative newcomer to national is sustained and will avoid continuing politics, only assuming a leadership dependence on neighbors. Those role in National United Party (nup) wanting to help must be aware that following the death of his brother Solomon Islanders could easily say, in 1999. He gained the position of “Sapos yu laik duim, olsem yu duim, prime minister in December 2004, mi lukluk” (If you want to do it, then after a no-conﬁdence vote in the you do it and I’ll watch). short-lived government that had been formed following the July tarcisius tara kabutaulaka 2004 elections, led by Serge Vohor (Union of Moderate Parties, or ump). References While there was some talk that this was “Vanuatu’s Lini legacy revived” sibc News. Solomon Islands Broadcasting (PVPO, 14 Dec 2004), Ham Lini is Corporation. operating in an environment more Solomon Star. Honiara.
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