Solomons’ election creates rice shortage

July 26, 2010, midnight

Honiara, the capital city of the Solomon Islands, experienced rice shortages this week, which some suspect is due to parliamentary candidates shipping the staple food to rural areas of the country. According to the Solomon Star, candidates are attempting to lure voters to their rural constituencies so they can cast votes for parliamentary elections on August 4. The government has increased its police presence on the streets of Honiara in anticipation of the contest. Four years ago, residents of Honiara rioted after the parliamentary elections

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