14 May 2014

Vanuatu PM not troubled by no confidence motion

2:11 pm on 14 May 2014

Vanuatu's prime minister, Moana Carcasses, claims he will easily defeat a motion of no confidence against him tomorrow because he has the backing of 35 of the 52 MPs.

Mr Carcasses says the motion, the fourth brought against him since he came to power a little over a year ago, has the backing of only 13 MPs.

He says his opponents are wrong to claim the planned airport development, new roading and changes to immigration will ruin the country.

Mr Carcasses says the Capital Investment Immigration Plan is linked with citizenship and the real estate development programme.

Moana Carcasses

Moana Carcasses Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades

He says many countries are doing the same thing.

"I understand in the Pacific, Fiji is on the verge of starting its own, also with Samoa. They [the Opposition] are saying there was no due diligence done on that. Again I reject that allegation. We have done everything. The CIIP programme was led by our officials and everything was done properly and I am glad that the project is starting now and having lots of, what you call, support from people from China."

Vanuatu's prime minister, Moana Carcasses,