15 Apr 2011

Vanuatu opposition in retreat to fight off defections

3:41 pm on 15 April 2011

The 27 Vanuatu MPs who lodged a motion of no confidence in prime minister, Sato Kilman, yesterday are to stay at a private resort outside Port Vila until the scheduled debate on Thursday next week.

Sources say the MPs have decided to stay together as a group to demonstrate their solidarity and to minimise the possibility of bribery.

The opposition claims corrupt practices by the coalition government resulted in the failure of its previous motion.

They allege that MPs were bribed to switch allegiance back to the government.

The government has made similar claims alleging the opposition had garnered backing by offering the same sorts of inducements.