13 Sep 2005

Vanuatu Greens want extra portfolios

3:48 pm on 13 September 2005

Vanuatu's Green Confederation has written to the Prime Minister Ham Lini requesting three extra portfolios.

The Greens are keen for the portfolios of agriculture, Ni-Vanuatu business, and training and youth after fulfilling Mr Lini's directive two months ago to shore up support for his government.

Since then, the Greens have increased their number from five MPs to 10, by getting in MPs from the Opposition.

Now one of the key groupings in a ten-party coalition with a clear majority, the Greens have assured the Prime Minister that if they were allocated extra ministries he could be guaranteed government until 2008.

The Greens secretary-General Silus Yetton says they want some recognition of their work,

"We're talking democracy principles - majority rules. Because now we are ten so we ask the government if it's possible to give us extra three ministries to satisfy other members of parliament. But if nothing happens, I think the Greens will still support the government."

The Prime Minister is yet to make a decision on the Greens' request.