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(generated from captions) fingers crossed. That report from Jonathan Harley. Well, it's a measure of how volatile the situation remains in the Solomon Islands that newly-elected prime minister Snyder Rini

was sworn in today without fanfare and surrounded by a substantial protective force. But his political future is in doubt, with opponents insisting that even Mr Rini's backers will desert him

if a motion of no-confidence is moved against him in the parliament. The violence of the past few days is said to be linked to concern over the extent to which the new government is beholden to Chinese business interests. But it's a charge dismissed by government spokesman Johnson Honimae. I spoke with him by phone from Honiara a short time ago.

Johnson Honimae, thank you very

Johnson Honimae, thank you very much for joining us tonight and first up,

I wonder if you can start by

bringing us up-to-date on the

situation in Honiara, certainly in

terms of the general level of law

and order tonight? Yes.On the

streets it was pretty calm, on the

streets of Honiara, all day today.

People are now moving out of the

centre of town to their houses in the suburb

the suburbs. Curfew is coming on

the suburbs. Curfew is coming on at 6 o'clock this evening. Up to 6am

tomorrow, and so it's really calm

today compared to yesterday. On a

political front, the PM-elect

political front, the PM-elect Snyder Rini has been sworn in by the

country's Attorney-General at a

low-key ceremony at Government

House. This is basically for

security reasons. Soon after that,

he has been meeting this afternoon

with the members of his coalition

group to work out the ministerial

portfolio allocations, which will

portfolio allocations, which will be expected to be announced tomorrow

some time. I gather, though, the PM

had to be sworn in today surrounded

by a wall of protection. Now

by a wall of protection. Now that's not a good start, is it? It is not

not a good start, is it? It is not a very good start, but what do you do

in this case when unruly people

in this case when unruly people want to get you? So this is, I mean, not

a very good start, but I think you

know, the election was done in a

democratic process according to the

constitution. And ah, basically

like any other PM around the world

has gone into problems, he needs

people to look after him. And is

there going to have to be

there going to have to be protection for members of the Cabinet once

they're sworn in? If there is a

they're sworn in? If there is a need for that, I know the commissioner

for that, I know the commissioner of police will be in a position to

provide protection for whoever the

force thinks that they need

security, yes. How stable, though,

is Mr Rini's position? There's

already talk by some of his

opponents of a move in the

Parliament against him, a

no-confidence motion? Yes.This is

politics, you know, and it's very

fluid at the moment. So anything

could happen. But according to a

statement issued from the office of

the PM this afternoon, it's a solid

group that we have. According to

him he has the numbers and if

anything such as a motion of

no-confidence, obviously the place

for it will be on the floors of

Parliament and so we cannot assume

at this stage or speculate about

what could possibly happen on the

floor of Parliament. What about the

increased RAMSI force that's now in

the Solomons? Do you have any sense

of how long they might have to stay?

I mean, we can't be talking about

how long when they just arrived

yesterday. They have to restore

yesterday. They have to restore law and order on the ground, to be sure

that the political government can

continue to work in the environment.

As the PM of Australia has said,

they will be here as long as the

government of the Solomons needs

them to ensure that law and order

and security returns to this

country. I ask that question

country. I ask that question because there's something of an irony here.

The new PM, Mr Rini has been a

critic of the RAMSI forces. He's

the one saying there should be a

timetable set for the RAMSI force's

withdrawal? All I can say is that

the situation has changed. Can you

quantify the damage at this stage?

How much of Chinatown has been

destroyed? A good 90, 95% of

Chinatown is basically in ruins.

Well that's a tragedy for the

Solomons, isn't it? It is a tragedy.

It's a very sad two days that has

gone by and no law-abiding citizen

in this country would like to see

what has happened and I must assure

you there is a lot of law-abiding

citizens in this country and I've

been saddened about what has

happened in the light of what has

happened since RAMSI came here in

2003. The country was slowly

rebuilding itself. Law and order

was there. Investors who were

basically starting to come back in

and then this has happened. It's a

real tranldy, it's really sad.

So if you had to pinpoint what's at

the core of the revival of these

tensions, particularly as you say

after a period where it appeared to

be that things were coming good

again, what's it been about do you

think? Well, as you know, a lot of

people don't agree with what people

are doing. They have some

grievances. You cannot satisfy

everybody at the same time. You

will always have people who

will always have people who disagree with what the government's doing

with what the government's doing and all that. So the government just

has to sit down and see what it can

do to address these grievances that