VANUATU OPPOSITION CONFIDENT OF TOPPLING GOVERNMENT

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PORT VILA, Vanuatu (March 28, 2001 - Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat)---The leader of Vanuatu's opposition, Edward Natapei, is confident that the group of parliamentarians seeking to form a new government will succeed.

Natapei said the majority 29 MPs will remain solid in the lead-up to the no-confidence debate against the government of Prime Minister Barak Sope, which is scheduled for next Tuesday afternoon.

They've already indicated that they have no confidence in the current administration.

"There were three ministers who resigned, but the prime minister is still operating and he hasn’t resigned yet," Natapei said.

Natapei said MPs are gravely concerned about the current government’s financial mismanagement of the country.

"I think if people in government are not concerned about the financial state (of the country), then they are blind to the problems we’re going through," he said.

He said another big issue is removing Vanuatu from the list of Pacific nations allegedly involved in money laundering schemes.

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