15 Mar 2011

New Vanuatu lands minister promises to continue push for reform

7:59 pm on 15 March 2011

The new minister of lands in Vanuatu, Alfred Carlot, has vowed to continue to combat alleged corrupt practices in the lands ministry and the department of lands.

Mr Carlot was made the minister in a reshuffle last week.

He took over from Ralph Regenvanu, who's now the justice minister, as the prime minister, Sato Kilman, sought to bolster his numbers ahead of a possible vote of no confidence next week.

In his brief tenure as lands minister Mr Regenvanu had put on hold three thousand land leases for investigation while the ministry looked to build a transparent and fair administration system.

The move was welcomed by members of the public but government sources say it's prompted legal proceedings against the state by land owners.

However during a short ceremony to hand over the position, Mr Carlot assured Mr Regenvanu he'll continue the reforming work.