24 Feb 2014

Vanuatu government struggling to fend off no confidence push

2:45 pm on 24 February 2014

A government MP in Vanuatu says the ruling coalition will need to work hard to ensure the Prime Minister, Moana Carcasses, is not rolled.

A motion of no confidence in Mr Carcasses has been postponed until Thursday after a quorum in the 52-member parliament was not reached this morning.

The lands minister, Ralph Regenvanu, says the opposition had 27 supporting the motion.

The group had selected the leader of the Vanuatu Republican Party and MP for Santo Rural, Marcellino Pipite, as the one to take the post of Prime Minister, had the vote succeeded.

Mr Regenvanu says it's a normal tactic for the government to boycott such a vote because it gives it three days to secure the numbers it needs.

He says ministerial portfolios will be on offer to attract MPs to vote with the government.