VANUATU PRIME MINISTER SURVIVES NO-CONFIDENCE VOTE

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Opposition effort fails 31-20

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Oct. 3, 2008)—Vanuatu's new government has comprehensively defeated an opposition sponsored vote of no confidence 31 votes to 20.

It was the second vote in as many weeks for the two week old government of prime minister Edward Natapei.

Communications Director for the Pacific Institute of Public Policy, Derek Brien, says there are signs now that no-confidence-motions against new governments are becoming increasingly unpopular in the wider community.

"Just from some of the speeches that were made in parliament this morning about the need to bring about a sense of stability for the national interest is something that is being discussed out on the street as well," he said

"I think what today's vote has cemented the need to actually give some sort of surety that the government can get on with the job of governing."

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