22 Apr 2006

The new Solomon Islands Prime Minister says he will not quit

7:25 am on 22 April 2006

The new Solomon Islands Prime Minister Snyder Rini says he will not quit and denies allegations that he came to power corruptly.

Mr Rini told his first news conference since riots erupted after he was elected by the nation's 50-member parliament on Tuesday.

He says he was elected through a democratic process and according to this country's constitution.

Snyder Rini says he can only step down following the same process.

Opponents claim he used money from Chinese businessmen to buy votes from MPs.

Rini flatly denied this, saying anyone with proof to back up such accusations should go to the police.