21 Jun 2011

Vanuatu's caretaker PM confirms he won't stand in election

10:11 am on 21 June 2011

The caretaker leader of Vanuatu's government has confirmed he won't be standing for prime minister when parliament sits on Thursday to elect a new administration.

Edward Natapei was installed as caretaker prime minister last week after the chief justice Vincent Lunabek ruled that Sato Kilman's appointment last December was null and void.

Our correspondent in Vanuatu says the contest for prime minister is now between Serge Vohor and Mr Kilman, who's due in court later this week on perjury charges initiated by Mr Natapei.

Last month Mr Kilman succeeded in a court action which removed Mr Vohor from office and that suit prompted Mr Natapei to seek legal redress over his earlier loss of the prime ministership.