1 Nov 2012

Natapei disappointed with Vanuatu election result

3:33 pm on 1 November 2012

The leader of the Vanua'aku Pati, Edward Natapei, says he is disappointed that the party didn't win more than eight of the 52 seats in Vanuatu's general election.

The VP fielded 28 candidates and had wanted at least ten MPs but along with the Union of Moderate Parties, it's still emerged as the groups with the most seats in provisional election results.

Results are subject to change as vote counts from remote constituencies continue to be declared.

The new parliament will be fragmented with as many as 18 parties winning seats.

Mr Natapei says the VP is talking with some of the larger parties, especially the UMP, about forming a coalition.

But he says he's not fussed about becoming Prime Minister

"I'm not so keen about it. When you consider that it looks like it's going to be another unstable period, it's too much of a headache for anyone. But if I'm asked to take it on, I'll consider it, yes."

Edward Natapei