6 May 2015

Vanuatu PM shores support with reshuffle

1:24 pm on 6 May 2015

The Vanuatu Prime Minister Joe Natuman has dumped the Minister of Youth and Sports, Don Ken.

The new minister is now the Nagriamel MP for Santo constituency, John Lum.

Vanuatu Prime Minister Joe Natuman

Vanuatu Prime Minister Joe Natuman Photo: RNZ / Kim Baker Wilson

Mr Natuman made the change, as the opposition claims it has the numbers for a motion of no confidence against Mr Natuman.

During the last session, the prime minister had 30 MPs on his side, against 22 of the opposition.

The latest move now sees all three Nagriamel MPs inside the government.

Meanwhile another Nagriamel MP for Santo constituency, Samson Samsen, has performed a custom reconciliation with Mr Natuman.

Mr Samsen was suspended by Mr Natuman last year from the government for allegedly causing instability.

The reshuffle and Mr Samsen's return now give Mr Natuman the support of 31 MPs against the oppostition's 21.

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