21 Mar 2013

Vanuatu Prime Minister, facing no confidence vote, resigns

6:26 pm on 21 March 2013

The Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Sato Kilman, who was to face a vote of no confidence this afternoon, has resigned.

The Speaker has told Parliament that a caretaker administration, led by Mr Kilman, will run the country until March the 29th when MPs will meet to elect a new prime minister.

However our correspondent reports that the Opposition leader, Edward Natapei, is seeking a court hearing to force parliament to sit today.

Mr Natapei had claimed earlier this week that he had the numbers to vote Mr Kilman out of office - a claim Mr Kilman did not dispute.