29 Mar 2019

Vanuatu protest expected over cabinet move

10:52 am on 29 March 2019

A peaceful protest is planned at Vanuatu's Parliament today as MPs meet for an emergency meeting called by the prime minister who is trying to increase the size of cabinet.

Vanuatu parliament building in the capital Port Vila.

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

Charlot Salwai wants to increase the numbers in cabinet from 13 to 17.

Our correspondent said the protestors are likely to be from all sectors of Vanuatu society.

Meanwhile, the Daily Post newspaper reported the opposition leader, Ishmael Kalsakau, saying he has filed a legal challenge to the prime minister's move, saying extra ministries are far too costly at this time for the country.

The paper has calculated that four more ministries would cost more than $US4 million dollars annually.

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