24 Feb 2004

Vanuatu Prime Minister believes his coalition will last despite reshuffles and resignations

7:52 pm on 24 February 2004

The Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Edward Natapei, says he is confident he can keep his coalition together until the next elections due in 2006.

This is despite pressure which has led to a second Cabinet reshuffle in three months, the resignation of a senior minister and the possibility another will be forced out.

Education Minister Donald Kalpokas has resigned though Mr Natapei says he is yet to formally accept that decision.

And the Prime Minister says he is being pressured by his Vanuaaku Pati to sack Finance Minister Sela Molisa.

He says any action will have to wait until Mr Molisa returns from overseas at the weekend.

Mr Natapei says the stability of his Government has been undermined but he is confident he can keep it together.


'I am confident that with the numbers that we have in Government there shouldn't be any difficulty with maintaining the support in Parliament until the end of the term of this Government