23 Nov 2011

Solomon Islands motion of no confidence set for Friday

5:52 pm on 23 November 2011

The motion of no confidence tabled against the government of the new Solomons Islands Prime Minister, Gordon Darcy Lilo, will be heard in parliament on Friday.

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

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

Our correspondent in Honiara, Koroi Hawkins, reports.

"The motion of no confidence for Friday is still on file. So rumours that the leader of the opposition would withdraw that so far are untrue, so the motion of no confidence is set to go down on Friday. And according to the order paper I have before me, today parliament will just see the presentation of some papers and reports and then the prime minister will move to adjourn parliament to Friday."

Koroi Hawkins reporting from Honiara.