6 May 2002

The incumbent PM of Vanuatu reveals 5 point plan for the future if re-elected

11:09 am on 6 May 2002

The Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Edward Natapei, has revealed a five point plan to overcome the problems facing his country.

Mr Natapei is confident in the wake of last week's election that his Vanua'aku Pati, in coalition with the Union of Moderate Parties, will continue to run the country.

Official voting counting is yet to start but unofficial figures released by party scrutineers give the coalition a significant lead over a grouping headed by Opposition leader Barak Sope's Melanesian Progressive Party.

In addition Mr Natapei has been promised the backing of the Greens, who should have three MPs in the new parliament.

Mr Natapei made a strong call for political stability during the election campaign, saying the country's dire economic problems are a result of ten changes of government in ten years.

He says the coalition has identified five areas on which it will concentrate.

"Improving the lives of the people in the rural areas, supporting private sector growth, restoring good governance, improving participation by civil society and perhaps work on closing the gap between the rich and the poor."