VANUATU MINISTER RESIGNS OVER APPOINTMENT

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By Marc Neil-Jones

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, Aug. 3) - Minister for Ni Vanuatu Businesses Arnold Prasad from Greens has resigned and confirmed he has signed a Motion of No Confidence along with independent Member of Parliament for Tafea outer islands Thomas Nentu.

Prasad submitted his letter of resignation yesterday afternoon stating, "I was promised the Ministry of Agriculture, being one of the main areas of my expertise, and it needs a Minister who knows, lives and breathes every day in that environment and Santo Rural has been designed for that," he said. "Who better than a man Santo can really develop that? It needs decision-making. I am part of the steering committee of the Greens and we have decided that Roro Samo to take the position of Minister of Ni Vanuatu Business."

In an interview with the Daily Post, Prasad and Thomas Nentu advised that they had agreed to share the Ministry of Agriculture for two years each following a verbal agreement with Vohor.

"This is the first time two MPs had agreed to share a ministerial portfolio for stability in the government and Serge Vohor lied to us. The Prime Minister is not honest. I was promised Agriculture and not Ni Vanuatu business."

Prasad advised that they have gone through the Green executive and given Vohor one week to agree to their demands to compensate them so that when they return home they have something to so show their electorate through kastom.

Thomas Nentu made the same allegations. "Vohor lied to me. He offered me the position of 2nd Deputy Speaker and this changed after he was elected Prime Minister."

MP Nentu later personally came into Daily Post Offices at 6.15pm to clarify that not only do they want Vohor to honour his promises to them but also that they want him to apologise to the business community as well as diplomatic missions for threatening remarks made immediately after his election as PM and during his Independence address.

The two MPs confirmed they have both signed a motion of no confidence already with the opposition. However, they also advised that their signatures would only be seen to be valid if Vohor does not agree to their demand.

August 4, 2004

Vanuatu Daily Post: http://www.vanuatudaily.com

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