4 Mar 2008

Vanuatu's Prime Minister has been asked to discipline his Lands Minister

9:59 am on 4 March 2008

Vanuatu's Prime Minister, Ham Lini, has been requested by the second largest party in his coalition government to discipline the Lands Minister, Maxime Carlot Korman.

The Daily Post reports that the request follows bribery allegations made against the President of the Vanuatu Republican Party.

The Secretary General of the Vanua'aku Pati, Sela Molisa, has reportedly written a letter to the head of government highlighting the gravity of the allegations and why Mr Lini should discipline the VRP.

But the Daily Post says the Prime Minister will not want to remove Mr Korman.

It says when the People's Progressive Party and the Vanua'aku Pati allegedly plotted to have the Prime Minister toppled in parliament, one of the only leaders to remain loyal was Mr Korman.

With elections close analysts say the Prime Minister will need a party that has demonstrated loyalty to him.