12 Jul 2013

Vanuatu no confidence motion thrown out

12:52 pm on 12 July 2013

The Vanuatu speaker of parliament has rejected a motion of no confidence lodged earlier this week.

The Vanuatu Daily Digest reports that the motion seeking to oust the four-month-old administration of Moana Carcasses was thrown out because signatures had been taken from other documents.

It also says the by-election winner from Tanna was not sworn in yet and the former speaker was barred from parliamentary proceedings.

The opposition leader, Ham Lini, has told Radio Vanuatu that the government appears to be losing the country's sovereignty.