9 Dec 2016

Vanuatu Govt set to face another no confidence motion

3:54 pm on 9 December 2016

The Vanuatu Speaker of Parliament has received another motion for a vote on no confidence in the government of Charlot Salwai - the second in two weeks.

The motion from nine opposition MPs was lodged on Thursday, according to local reports.

Vanuatu's Prime Minister Charlot Salwai listens to speeches at the 16-nation Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) opening in the Micronesian capital Palikir on September 8, 2016.

Vanuatu PM, Charlot Salwai Photo: AFP

The Opposition was absent on Thursday morning, prompting a delay until next Monday of the special sitting, but the speaker today called the session off after a request from the prime minister, to allow Parliamentary committees, convened to report on several topics including the Constitution, to give their findings.

The motion is now set to be tabled net Thursday.

Motions of no confidence are frequent features of political life in Vanuatu and the current government has plans to introduce constitutional changes with the aim of bringing more stability, but it has less than the required two thirds majority in parliament to effect such a change.

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