SOLOMON ISLANDS PRIME MINISTER RESIGNS

By Sean Dorney

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, April 26) - The controversial Solomon Islands' Prime Minister, Snyder Rini, has resigned.

Mr Rini's election to the post eight days ago sparked two days of rioting in the capital, Honiara.

In Parliament this morning, five Government ministers and a Government backbencher entered the chamber and sat with the Opposition.

Former Opposition leader Patterson Oti told the Speaker it was obvious Mr Rini no longer enjoyed the confidence of the House.

He offered Mr Rini a chance to resign before the Parliament voted on a no confidence motion against him.

After a short adjournment, Mr Rini announced his decision.

"I have no alternative but to tender my resignation as prime minister of the Solomon Islands," he said.

Mr Rini says he hopes the decision brings peace.

The resignation has been greeted with joy in the streets of Honiara.

Mr Rini is the shortest-ever serving prime minister of Solomon Islands.

April 25, 2006

Radio Australia: www.abc.net.au/ra

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