8 Nov 2012

Vanuatu opposition group claims more support than carataker government

11:57 am on 8 November 2012

A Vanuatu opposition grouping made up of seven parties and some independents has signed a Memorandum Of Understanding in a rival bid to form the government after last week's election.

The so-called Solidarity Agreement was reached between the Presidents of the Vanuaaku Pati, the Union of Moderate Parties, the National United Party, the Ground and Justice Pati, Nagriamel, the Melanesian Progressive Party, the Vanuatu Liberal Democratic Party and some independents.

In a statement, the grouping expresses confidence it will secure 30 votes in the 52-member parliament.

The group says the signing of the agreement is possible because the official election results have now been published.

The deal states the MPs desire to combat corruption and to restore confidence, stability and growth in the country.

The party of the caretaker prime minister, the People's Progressive Party, claims that Sato Kilman has the support of the majority and will retain the top job.