28 Nov 2011

Extra NZ police sent to Solomon Islands

6:58 pm on 28 November 2011

Extra police from New Zealand are in the Solomon Island's capital amid concerns at unrest over a leadership change two weeks ago.

Security was boosted after the election of Gordon Darcy Lilo as Prime Minister triggered rioting in central Honiara, resulting in 22 arrests, Radio New Zealand International reports.

A motion for a vote of no-confidence planned for last Friday was withdrawn due to the opposition not having the numbers and concerns of further violence.

A spokesperson for the New Zealand Government says 23 additional police have been sent to bolster the Regional Assistance Mission force (RAMSI).

The New Zealanders have not been deployed in Honiara and are likely to return soon if the situation remains calm, he says.