18 Jul 2014

Vanuatu PM claims caucus support

3:41 pm on 18 July 2014

The Vanuatu Prime Minister Joe Natuman says he's received assurances from his caucus that he's got the numbers to continue.

Last week, the opposition leader Moana Carcasses claimed that they had the support of 29 of the parliament's 52 MPs for a planned motion of no-confidence against Mr Natuman.

Support for the opposition's motion was initially signalled by around eight backbenchers in the government coalition but that was withdrawn earlier this week.

Mr Natuman was elected by 40 of the country's MPs in May and following his caucus meeting yesterday says he has the support of 37 MPs.

He says he believes the no-confidence motion is aimed to destabilise the country, and reminded his MPs why they unseated the previous government.

"We toppled the last government because we thought things were not happening the way they should be and we should not go back and entertain the old regime which has done certain things which we were not happy about and we are here to try and sort out the situation."

The Vanuatu Prime Minister Joe Natuman.