VANUATU’S KILMAN NOW FACES OUSTER VOTE

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VANUATU’S KILMAN NOW FACES OUSTER VOTE No confidence motion to be heard next week

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, Dec. 14, 2010) - Vanuatu’s opposition has deposited a motion of no-confidence against the new Prime Minister Sato Kilman.

The opposition group, under former Prime Minister Edward Natapei who was ousted earlier this month, has also deposited a motion of notice calling for an extra-ordinary session of parliament next Tuesday.

[PIR editor’s note: BBC reported Natapei clashed with the Members of Parliament for blocking Fiji’s interim Prime Minister, Bainimarama, from taking the Melanesian Spearhead Group chairmanship role. The MP’s reportedly ousted Natapei behind closed doors while he was on his way to attend the climate change conference in Mexico.]

The extra session would allow MPs to debate the motion to oust Mr. Kilman who replaced Mr. Natapei as Prime Minister after a parliamentary vote which the media was controversially disallowed access to for the first time in Vanuatu’s history.

Mr. Natapei has called it a circumvention of the democratic process and the main reason for putting a motion of no confidence against Mr. Kilman.

The opposition says that 27 out of the 52 members of the parliament have signed their intent to support the two motions.

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