26 Mar 2008

Vanuatu's Prime Minister plays down speculation of pending motion of no-confidence

11:55 am on 26 March 2008

Vanuatu's Prime Minister has played down speculation of a pending motion of no-confidence in Parliament against his leadership.

In recent weeks local media have been reporting of a looming threat to Ham Lini's leadership originating from within his coalition government.

This follows a request last month from the coalition member Vanuaaku Pati or VP for Mr Lini to remove the Lands Minister Maxime Carlot Korman over bribery allegations which recently surfaced in court.

The Prime Minister concedes that the VP are unhappy that he has decided to wait for the outcome of Mr Korman's court case before making any move.

However he says the relationship between his party, the National United Party, and the VP is good.

Mr Lini says that media speculation often plays up matters that are non-issues and adds that he doesn't expect a motion to be tabled.

He says MPs wouldn't want to see parliament dissolved so close to the general election which is due in about four months time.