11 Dec 2013

Vanuatu speaker confirms motion against PM is in order

10:16 pm on 11 December 2013

Vanuatu's Speaker of parliament, Philip Boedoro has confirmed that a motion of no confidence deposited by the opposition against Prime Minister, Moana Carcasses, is in order.

The leader of the opposition, Ham Lini, says key reasons behind the motion are the Prime Minister's involvement in the proposed building of an airport without proper consultations, alleged government corruption, and the recent actions of the Health Minister, Serge Vohor in directing mass suspensions of medical practitioners.

Mr Lini is calling on all members of parliament to consider the importance of nationhood and put their differences aside so as to ensure Vanuatu is ruled by a government that is of the people, by the people and for the people.

He adds that budgetary constraints and misleading statements by government ministers and Mr Carcasses himself warrants that he be replaced.

The motion is scheduled to be debated on Tuesday next week .

The opposition has currently 17 members of parliament and needs the support of 10 more MPs by next week to topple Mr Carcasses.