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Solomon Islanders cast votes in an election that will shape relations with China

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (AP) — Voting has ended across the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific nation’s first general election since the government switched diplomatic allegiances from Taiwan to Beijing and struck a secret security pact that has raised fears of the Chinese navy gaining a foothold in the region. The Solomons’ closer relationship with China and a troubled domestic economy weighed on voters’ minds as they cast their ballots on Wednesday. As many as 420,000 registered voters had their say across 50 national seats. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has asked voters to back his economic plans against a backdrop of closer ties with China. Counting of the votes begins Thursday.

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