5 Dec 2003

Vanuatu Opposition fails to muster enough support for vote of no confidence

11:09 am on 5 December 2003

For the second time in eight days, the Opposition in Vanuatu has been forced to abandon plans for a vote of no confidence in the Government of Prime Minister Edward Natapei.

Our correspondent reports that this afternoon's scheduled vote never took place because it was plain that Opposition leader Serge Vohor did not have the numbers to topple the prime minister.

The motions for the votes of no confidence have come after Mr Vohor's party, the Union of Moderate Parties, was dumped from the Government coalition.

The Government had claimed that the UMP was not pulling its weight in the coalition and replaced it with the National United Party, the Greens and independents.