2 May 2011

Voting for Vanuatu's new government ruled OK

8:16 am on 2 May 2011

Vanuatu's opposition grouping has lost its constitutional application against the ruling by the speaker of parliament that allowed the election of a new government.

The Speaker Maxim Carlot Korman gave permission for parliament to elect a government for the new Prime Minister, Serge Vohor, with a simple majority of 26.

Just over a week ago, Vanuatu's previous Prime Minister, Sato Kilman, lost power after a no confidence vote.

The supreme court ruled the parliamentary process was in order after the opposition boycotted the sitting and the simple majority became the absolute majority.

Meanwhile the country's women's organisations have criticised the political instability accusing the country's 52 members of parliament of focusing on personal gain instead of national interest.