PORT VILA, Vanuatu (March 29, 2001 – Radio Australia)---There's political turmoil in Vanuatu, with a change of government possible as early as today after Prime Minister Barak Sope conceded that he has lost the support of Parliament.

One of Mr. Sope's four coalition partners has defected, giving the opposition a clear majority.

A motion of no confidence has been tabled, but under standing orders it can't be voted on until Monday.

But Mr. Sope said he has asked the President, Father John Bani, to dissolve Parliament and call for new national elections.

Father Bani's decision should be announced later today.

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