24 Nov 2014

Vanuatu Govt has numbers for motions

8:21 pm on 24 November 2014

It appears the Vanuatu Prime Minister has the numbers to move a motion to suspend the leader of the opposition, Moana Carcasses and 15 supporting MPs.

Joe Natuman is expected to have the support of 30 MPs against 22 from the opposition in Parliament on Tuesday after the session resumed today.

Both sides have deposited separate motions.

Mr Natuman lodged a motion to suspend the 16 opposition MPs alleging they had contravened the Leadership Code in accepting a monetary offer from Mr Carcasses.

The Opposition meanwhile is pushing to have a motion of no confidence in Mr Natuman, but it cannot be heard before Thursday.

Our correspondent in Vanuatu says so far the Speaker hasn't ruled on whether the opposition motion is in order.

A motion needs to have the support of 27 members to be passed.