18 Nov 2011

New Solomons PM facing motion of no-confidence

12:47 pm on 18 November 2011

The opposition in Solomon Islands has lodged a motion of no-confidence against Gordon Darcy Lilo, who was elected as Prime Minister two days ago.

The parliamentary election of Mr Lilo, with a majority of 29 votes from the 49 MPs, triggered rioting in central Honiara.

Among those rioting were groups claiming that Mr Lilo's election doesn't represent a change from his predecessor Danny Philip, whose government largely remains in place.

The senior opposition MP, Manasseh Sogavare, says the public and civil society especially will maintain pressure for the removal of Mr Lilo.

"He especially will be a Prime Minister under siege if he decides to hang on. And that is not a good environment to deliver goods and services and the development aspirations that he's talking about. So if common sense prevails, which I think it will eventually under legal pressures from the people, he will have to relinquish power at some point in time."

Manasseh Sogavare