Pacific / Solomon Islands

Solomon's deputy PM reportedly sacked over Taiwan to China switch

10:11 am on 1 October 2019

The Solomon Islands deputy prime minister has reportedly been sacked over the government's decision to switch allegiance from Taiwan to China.

John Maneniaru Photo: CC-BY-SA-4.0

John Maneniaru told the Solomons Business Magazine that he received his marching orders from prime minister Manasseh Sogavare.

Mr Maneniaru was one of six ministers who abstained from voting within his caucus when the decision was made to switch diplomatic relations last month.

He told the magazine there were many reasons given for his dismissal, and he would take his time to respond to claims made.

The planning minister, Rick Hou, and the justice minister, Tautai Kaitu'u, were fired last week, reportedly for opposing the China switch.