VANUATU PRIME MINISTER VOHOR TOLD TO RETURN

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FROM OVERSEAS

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (November 10, 1997 - PACNEWS)---The National Council of the ruling Union of Moderate Parties (UMP) in Vanuatu, has sent a letter to its President, Prime Minister Serge Vohor, to cut short his overseas trip and return home.

If the Prime Minister ignores the demand, he may face a parliamentary vote of no confidence.

Vohor, now in Paris after attending the Africa-Caribbean-Pacific leaders' meeting in Gabon, is scheduled to travel to Vietnam shortly for a summit of French-speaking countries, Radio Vanuatu reports.

Former Prime Minister Maxime Carlot Korman says UMP's National Council wants the Prime Minister to return and settle an issue over responsibility for the Constitutional Reform Program (CRP) before parliament begins November 17.

He says the Council members do not agree with National United Party President and Minister for Justice Father Walter Lini being responsible for the CRP. They want him removed and want the reform program placed under the direction of a UMP minister.

Political analysts believe Vohor's rivals within his own party will threaten him with a motion of no-confidence at next week's parliamentary session if he does not agree to their request to return home immediately.

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