2 Dec 2014

Vanuatu opposition withdraws motion

9:40 pm on 2 December 2014

Vanuatu's parliamentary opposition has withdrawn its motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Joe Natuman this afternoon.

The opposition leader Moana Carcasses withdrew its motion due to lack of support in parliament.

This comes shortly after the Supreme Court ruled that last week's suspension of Mr Carcasses and the 15 other opposition MPs from parliament was invalid.

The government had succeeded in pushing through the suspension, alleging the MPs contravened the Leadership Code in accepting money from the opposition leader.

The MPs challenged their suspension, and Justice Oliver Saksak has ruled that the suspension was in breach of the constitution.

The opposition MPs returned to parliament this afternoon but were unable to muster the numbers to successfully pass the motion as the government has the support of at least 30 MPs in the 52-seat parliament.

Vanuatu MP Moana Carcasses

Vanuatu MP Moana Carcasses Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades