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Tensions high at Soloman Islands election, police call for people to 'remain calm'

Tensions are high in the Solomon Islands after a divisive and controversial election, with police calling on the community to "remain calm" following vandalism and death threats made in response.

Manasseh Sogavare has been voted in for the fourth stint as Prime Minister amid questions about his eligibility.

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force put out a statement pleading for people to "remain calm" following the news of the election.

The police asked community leaders to talk to its members and ask them not to participate in activities including marches, stone throwing and threatening people's lives.

"The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) calls on all citizens of Solomon Islands, especially those in our capital Honiara, to remain calm and refrain from taking any illegal action following the election of the Prime Minister," the statement says.

Police are asking people to go home if they do not have reason to be in the city centre.

They also asked people accept the announcement "with a good heart", show respect for one another, not to let the outcomes of the election to cause divisions among citizens, to keep safe and stay united.

"Allow the National Parliament of the Solomon Islands and the Courts of our nation to deal with whatever situation that is before our country," the post continues.

The police will continue to hold a strong presence in the capital city in attempt to control criminal activity.

A near 14-year-long Pacific peacekeeping operation led by New Zealand and Australia ended in 2017.

There is a heavy police presence around the Solomon Islands parliament ahead of the vote of a new prime minister. Source: rnz.co.nz