24 Feb 2014

Vanuatu PM convincing opposition against motion of no confidence

7:35 pm on 24 February 2014

The Vanuatu Prime Minister Moana Carcasses says ministerial portfolios are on offer to opposition MPs who vote with the government to stop a motion of no confidence against him.

A vote of no confidence in Mr Carcasses has been postponed until Thursday after the 52-member parliament failed to reach a quorum this morning.

Mr Carcasses says he boycotted parliament along with 20 other MPs because he no longer commanded a majority government.

He says he will spend the next three days negotiating with members of the opposition to secure the numbers needed.

"The government has full ministry to anyone, the opposition to come. The government has many plans to continue to work. So basically we are telling the opposition that we have full ministry to offer for four people to come in to keep the stability."

Mr Carcasses says he does not know if he will face the motion on Thursday should he not succeed in obtaining the numbers needed.

Thursday is the final day the motion can be put.