16 May 2014

Vanuatu's new PM to review former Govt policies

9:06 am on 16 May 2014

Joe Natuman has been elected by Parliament as Vanuatu's new Prime Minister.

This came after 35 MPs in the 52 seat House supported a vote of no confidence in the leadership of Moana Carcasses.

Mr Natuman is an MP from Tanna and the first person from that island to become prime minister.

He was once the private secretary for the country's founder, Father Walter Lini, and remains a member of the party Vanuatu's first prime minister started, the Vanua'aku Pati

Mr Natuman says his first job as prime minister will be to review the controversial plan for airport development with a Singaporean company.

He says the former government's policies involved a lot of unnecessary spending and quick money making schemes.

"We come short of money, therefore we resort to so called overseas fundraising initiatives such as selling our citizenship and our passports."

Vanuatu's new prime minister, Joe Natuman.