22 Nov 2018

Vanuatu MPs say signatures on motion of no confidence forged

10:27 am on 22 November 2018

Four government MPs in Vanuatu say their signatures have been forged on a motion of no confidence against the prime minister Charlot Salwai.

Vanuatu's prime minister Charlot Salwai.

Vanuatu's prime minister Charlot Salwai. Photo: RNZ/Koroi Hawkins

In a letter to the Speaker of Parliament, the MPs have asked that their names not be considered part of any such motion brought before the house.

The MPs named in the letter are Hon. Christophe Hogtermon Emelee, Hon. Jack Wona, Hon. Tom Noam Iouniwan, Hon. Kalo Pakoasongi Lawo, Hon. Don Ken Stephen and Hon.Jack Norris Kalmet.

The four men, who have crossed the floor to join the government, said they believe their signatures had been forged from previous no confidence motions.

They urged the speaker to strike out any motion that is submitted bearing their names, and for an investigation to be launched.

Vanuatu's opposition leader has played down suggestions he may soon lodge a motion saying the opposition would only table one when it has the numbers to pass it.

Vanuatu parliament building in the capital Port Vila.

Vanuatu parliament building in the capital Port Vila. Photo: RNZI/ Walter Zweifel