Solomon Islands Social Credit Party

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Solomon Islands Social Credit Party
Leader Manasseh Sogavare
Founded July 2005
Ideology Social credit
National affiliation Solomon Islands Alliance for Change

The Solomon Islands Social Credit Party ("Socreds") is a political party in the Solomon Islands that espouses social credit theories of monetary reform.

It is led by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, previously leader of the People's Progressive Party[1] and the former Member of Parliament for East Choiseul. The party was launched in July 2005.[2]

It is a member of a four-party coalition, the Solomon Islands Alliance for Change, which includes the National Party, Solomon Islands Liberal Party, and the Solomon Islands Party for Rural Advancement, and groups of independents from Honiara, Malaita and Guadalcanal.[3]

The Solomon Islands Social Credit Party traces its origins to the New Zealand Social Credit Party (now the New Zealand Democratic Party) and one of its leaders, Bruce Beetham, who hosted a Solomon Islands student in his home. That student, Solomon Mamaloni, later became prime minister of the Solomon Islands.[4]

The party, running candidates for the first time, contested 29 constituencies in the April 5, 2006, national election. The party won 4.3% of the vote and 2 seats.

The party opposes foreign control of the economy, and advocates a full monetary and financial reform in line with the social credit thinking.[5] It believes that the islands' poverty can only be addressed through social credit monetary reform.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Q&A: Solomon Islands vote". BBC News. 4 April 2006. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  2. ^ "New political party launched in Solomon Islands", Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation text web site (nl.newsbank.com), July 11, 2005.
  3. ^ [1][permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Michael Field (2006-04-16). "Solomons leaders who led country into civil war contest premiership". Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  5. ^ "SOLOMON IS: New political party challanges country's leadership". ABC Pacific Beat. 2005-07-13. Retrieved 2018-08-01.

External links

  • Australian Broadcasting Corporation interview with Manasseh Sogavare
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