29 Jul 2004

Vanuatu parliament elects a new speaker

3:24 pm on 29 July 2004

Vanuatu's parliament has elected a new speaker.

It's Josias Moli, from Serge Vohor's Union of Moderate Parties coalition.

The next item on parliament's agenda today is electing a new Prime Minister.

This follows reports the UMP has gained more support.

The vote was put off on Monday when a minority faction headed by Ham Lini of the National United Party, boycotted Parliament, starving it of the numbers needed to vote for the creation of a new government.

Mr Vohor and his coalition of six parties and independents are thought likely to assume power.

Mr Vohor, who's a former Prime Minister, had the backing of 28 of the 52 MPs on Monday.