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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI April 29) - Vanuatu’s opposition
National United Party has rejected a proposal to merge with the governing
Vanuaaku Pati, and instead is aiming to topple the government in a motion of no

Last week Prime Minister Edward Natapei expressed hope that the
NUP could be brought into an enlarged governing coalition.

But NUP leader Willie Jimmy now says his party has the support
of some government back benchers and has appealed for others to join him.

Jimmy says the present Government does not deliver.

Meanwhile, Maxime Carlot Korman, the leader of another
opposition party, the Republicans, says a new coalition would lift the minimum
wage, and drop the controversial debit tax.

However Serge Vohor, the Deputy Prime Minister, and leader of
the second party in the current coalition, the Union of Moderate Parties, says
none of their members of parliament have defected and that the government will
complete its four-year term.

April 30, 2003

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