SOLOMON ISLANDS/AUSTRALIA: Civil unrest provokes Goodman Fielder withdrawal
Australian food giant Goodman Fielder has temporarily closed its operations in Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands, because of the current levels of civil unrest as the country approaches its general elections on 5 December. The Pacific country's economy and infrastructure has been largely destroyed by the civil war and the effectiveness of the forthcoming poll is in doubt. Prime Minister, Manase Sogovare, has been in power following a coup in June 2000. The guerrilla group Malaita Eagle Force (MEF) relinquished power at that time but still effectively controls the country's main island, Guadalcanal.
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