21 Dec 2010

Vanuatu's Kilman adds more MPs to Cabinet

9:41 am on 21 December 2010

The Prime Minister of Vanuatu Sato Kilman has reinforced his coalition government by welcoming another party into its ranks and reshuffling his cabinet.

Eight MPs from the Union of Moderate Parties have joined the government, while the parties' leader Serge Vohor has been made public utilities minister and its vice president Charlot Salwai the new education minister.

The two MPs held those positions in the government of Edward Natapei before he was ousted as prime minister.

In his second reshuffle since he replaced Mr Natapei, Mr Kilman has moved Harry Iauko from the public utilities portfolio to lands, and Yoan Simon from education to justice.

Alfred Carlot has swapped the justice portfolio which he only acquired last week for the role of lands minister which was held by Paul Telukluk.

Following the reshuffle, Mr Kilman's coalition has 34 MPs and the opposition under Edward Natapei has 18 MPs.