26 Feb 2014

Four Vanuatu opposition MPs get ministries to save PM

7:26 pm on 26 February 2014

Four Vanuatu opposition parliamentarians have received ministerial posts for switching to the government side on the eve of no confidence vote in the prime minister, Moana Carcasses.

The move appears to give the government a majority of five and should allow Mr Carcasses to survive the challenge.

The four new ministers are Stephen Kalsakau, Paul Telukluk, Willie Jimmy and Tony Wright.

Mr Jimmy says they decided to move to the government side because the opposition wouldn't have made them ministers.

"Many people will not believe that I joined the government. That's Vanuatu politics. Anything can happen any time."

The re-shuffle has seen the prime minister dismiss Daniel Toara as the trade minister to accommodate Mr Jimmy in cabinet.

A planned vote was put off last Monday when the government boycotted the sitting and then offered four ministries to those willing to help the administration retain its majority.