13 Mar 2013

Vanuatu govt presents motion to suspend MP over no-confidence move

9:04 pm on 13 March 2013

Vanuatu's coalition government has deposited a counter motion to suspend an opposition MP from parliament after he and his colleagues deposited a motion of no confidence against the Prime Minister Sato Kilman.

The speaker of parliament, George Wells has listed the opposition's motion against Mr Kilman to be debated next Tuesday afternoon.

The speaker also confirmed that the Kilman government today deposited a counter motion to suspend the Port Vila MP, Ralph Regenvanu.

The coalition accuses Mr Regenvanu of destabilising the country by presenting no-confidence motions when the opposition hasn't got the number in parliament to vote them through.

As parliament resumed this week, the opposition appeared to have only 16 MPs in the 52-seat house.

The motion against Mr Kilman is to be debated before the counter motion against Mr Regenvanu next week.