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Photo Essay: New PM Resigns – The People Rejoice

Photo Essay: New Solomon's PM Resigns – The People Rejoice


Photo Essay By Jason Dorday
On Assignment in the Solomon Islands for Scoop.co.nz

See also Yasmine Ryan's Report… Solomon Islands: The Tables are Turned


Solomon's island police officer reads the morning paper outside Parliament just minutes before the prime minister stood down.


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Police snipers take up positions around the Parliament roof. A heavy military presence was in force around Parliament including aust/nz army with light machine guns/assault rifles/sniper rifles/ covering roads. Huey helicopters were also on orbits around Parliament with snipers on board. Streets leading up to Parliament were cordoned with machine gun positions.


Solomon's Prime Minister Snyder Rini resigns from his post of Prime Minister in Solomon Islands Parliament.


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A NZ army machine gunner on foot patrol around the Parliament perimeter.


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After the resignation large crowds formed in the streets rejoicing the decision.


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A large crowd then made its way to the oppositions party's HQ. There they met opposition MPs along with a large media contingent. The crowd at the scene was approximately 1500 strong. The shots that follow are from this location.


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Man stands listening to the opposition MPs talk to the crowd.


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Large crowd listens to oppositions MPs talk.


Large crowd listens to oppositions MPs talk.


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The hands of the people celebrate in unison after Snyder Rini`s resignation. The day has seen an emotional turn-around with thousands taking to the streets in celebration.

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