26 Apr 2006

Solomons Police Commissioner says tight security will be maintained

11:59 am on 26 April 2006

The Solomon Islands' police commissioner says the security situation in the capital Honiara remains serious, a week after the election of a new prime minister sparked violent riots.

The prime minister Snyder Rini faces a possible vote of no confidence in parliament this morning, but he is expected to survive it.

Two opposition MPs will not be present for the vote, as they have been arrested on charges including inciting the rioting, threatening violence and intimidation.

The police commissioner Shane Castles says parliament will continue to be heavily guarded until the situation improves.

"We're receiving a lot of information suggesting threats against infrastructure, threats against government buildings and also threats against individuals. So it's still a serious security environment and we are not going to be complacent about it."