25 Mar 2013

Vanuatu PM's resignation honourable - veteran politician

10:12 am on 25 March 2013

Vanuatu's newly appointed minister of finance, Willie Jimmy, says Sato Kilman's resignation as Prime Minister was the honourable thing to do.

The Greens' leader, Moana Carcasses Kalosil was elected on Saturday to replace Mr Kilman, after two days of wrangling in court with the outgoing government trying to stop Parliament meeting before next Friday.

It comes after the resignation of Sato Kilman on Thursday, just minutes before the Opposition was to bring a vote of no confidence in him.

Willie Jimmy says that was the right thing to do.

"I think that was the most honourable thing for him to do, because in politics, there's already been a shift in numbers, the shift in power is aready imminient before the people of Vanuatu, so the most honourable thing for him to do is to resign. I think if I'm in the same position, I would do the same."

Willie Jimmy says he will continue his legal battle over whether Mr Kilman met the criteria to contest the 2012 general election.

The new cabinet of Mr Kalosil includes the former Prime Minister, Edward Natapei, of the Vanuaaku Pati as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs.

The UMP president, Serge Vohor, takes over as Minister of Health, and the government has cancelled the newly created Ministry of Civil Aviation and resurrected the Ministry of Youth and Sports.