6 Aug 2007

Tight security expected ahead of no confidence vote in Solomon Islands

6:13 am on 6 August 2007

Security is expected to be tight around the Solomon Islands Parliament tomorrow when a vote of no confidence against the government is tabled.

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, claims he has the numbers to survive the vote.

He says he has a signed list of MPs who support his government, giving him well over the 25 seats needed to retain power in the 50-member parliament.

Our correspondent in Solomon Islands, Dorothy Wickham, says the vote will be watched very closely.

"There is concern in the community that this could spark another law and order situation, I think there has also been some veiled threat by certain sections of the community if this government was to fall that they would cause trouble again. So there is a lot of concern and Solomon Islanders are watching this very closely."

It will be the second vote of no confidence in the Sogavare administration since it came to power 15 months ago.