27 Jan 2016

Natuman confident of majority in Vanuatu parliament

4:21 pm on 27 January 2016

The former opposition bloc in Vanuatu has launched talks with other parties in the hope of forming a new government after last week's snap election.

Ousted Vanuatu Prime Minister Joe Natuman

Ousted Vanuatu Prime Minister Joe Natuman Photo: RNZI / Kim Baker-Wilson

The acting president of the Vanua'aku Pati and former prime minister, Joe Natuman, says he is confident that the Unity for Change group will form the next administration.

Official results for the 52 seats are yet to be released, but Mr Natuman says the previous government has been weakened.

"Our group managed to win the largest number in parliament - at least 22 or 23 members. Right now we are looking at the possibilities of talking with other groups or politial parties to forming the next government."

Mr Natuman said that it was last prime minister, Sato Kilman, who asked the president of the republic to dissolve the parliament and now he suffers the consequences.

Mr Kilman lost his majority when 14 of his group's MPs were jailed for bribery in October.

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