Solomons no-confidence vote scrapped: Lilo to stay
The motion of no-confidence against current Solomons Prime Minister, Gordon Darcy Lilo, has been withdrawn before it went to Parliament on Friday.
Reporter Koroi Hawkins was in Parliament during the announcement, saying the withdrawal was decided at 7pm on Thursday night under section 31:2 in the country's Constitution.
He says it is "very good news for stability in the country, at least".
Mr Lilo's cabinet approved its 2012 budget late on Thursday in spite of the looming vote that threatened his leadership.
Finance Minister Ric Hou told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat program that one of his priorities will be to introduce tax cuts for low and middle-income earners.
"The idea is to raise the threshold so people have a little more take-home pay and I think that would be of great assistance to the larger community," he said.
Mr Hou also says the government plans to invest heavily in productive sectors such as the copra and cocoa industries, as well as hospitality and tourism.
Mr Lilo was sworn in on Wednesday last week, replacing Danny Philip who stood down to avoid a no confidence vote.
His election prompted an angry public backlash, with hundreds of protesters taking to the streets, throwing rocks at police.