16 May 2014

New Vanuatu cabinet has experienced look to it

1:05 pm on 16 May 2014

Vanuatu's new council of ministers has an experienced look to it, following the election of veteran MP Joe Natuman as Prime Minister.

The change of leadership comes after a block from the government of Moana Carcasses yesterday joined the opposition to remove him in a parliamentary vote of no-confidence.

Johnny Blades reports...

"The new cabinet configuration retains a number from the government headed by Moana Carcasses for almost fourteen months. It's still based around a block led by Parliament's largest political party, the Vanua'aku Pati. The VP's leader Edward Natapei has stepped back to allow VP's Joe Natuman to take up the Prime Minister's role. The Finance Minister remains Maki Simelum, also of the VP, while the Graon Mo Jastis Pati leader Ralph Regenvanu retains the Lands portfolio in which he has been driving major reforms. Coming in from opposition as new deputy Prime Minister is the National United Party leader Ham Lini, while another former Prime Minister Sato Kilman takes up the Foreign Affairs portfolio. Also back in government from a spell in the cold is Alfred Carlot as Justice Minister, George Wells as Health Minister and Charlot Salwai for Internal Affairs. The parliament session has now ended, although the position of Speaker is still to be decided."