2 Aug 2010

Vanuatu may bring in laws to try and ensure political stability

3:58 pm on 2 August 2010

Vanuatu's Prime Minister says his government is looking at legislation to ensure political stability in the country.

Edward Natapei has withstood several attempts over the past two years to remove him through motions of no-confidence.

No-confidence votes have often dominated Vanuatu's parliamentary politics and Mr Natapei says that political accountability, transparency and good governance suffer as a result.

But he says the legislation they are looking at will be different to Papua New Guinea's Political Integrity Law, parts of which were recently ruled unconstitutional.

"We are going about it a different way. We have to start restructuring at the political level. I have written to all the political leaders in the country to come and we will sit down and discuss how best we can bring in legislation to ensure that there is stability."

Edward Natapei