20 Nov 2014

Vanuatu PM could face yet another no confidence vote

4:23 pm on 20 November 2014

While the newly-elected president of Vanuatu, Balwin Lonsdale calls for stability in the country, there are reports a no confidence motion is being planned against the prime minister, Joe Natuman.

Vanuatu Prime Minister Joe Natuman

Vanuatu Prime Minister Joe Natuman Photo: Supplied

Mr Lonsdale told MPs in a speech to open parliament this week that no confidence motions have caused instability in Vanuatu.

But our correspondent reports the opposition as saying it wants a motion of no confidence, and is lobbying for support from government MPs.

Of the 52 MPs, 20 sat with the opposition during the opening session.

It would need support from seven goverrnment MPs to remove Mr Natuman.

In the six months since Mr Natuman took power in a vote of no confidence, he has easily withstood several attempts to unseat him through votes of no confidence.