21 Nov 2011

Solomons PM welcomes no confidence challenge

12:50 pm on 21 November 2011

The new Solomons Islands Prime Minister, Gordon Darcy Lilo, says he welcomes the motion of no confidence tabled against his government.

The parliamentary election of Mr Lilo on Wednesday triggered rioting in central Honiara.

In a statement, reported by the Solomon Star, he says the motion is the opposition's constitutional right as a watchdog of the government.

But Mr Lilo says to move a motion almost immediately after the election of the Prime Minister is ridiculous.

He says it appears that the opposition is only causing violence and instability.