VANUATU INTERIM LEADER WON’T SEEK PM POST

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As Natapei bows out, Parliament to vote between Vohor, Kilman

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, June 20, 2011) - The caretaker leader of Vanuatu’s government has confirmed he won’t be standing for prime minister when parliament sits on Thursday to elect a new administration.

Edward Natapei was installed as caretaker prime minister last week after the chief justice Vincent Lunabek ruled that Sato Kilman’s appointment last December was null and void.

Our correspondent in Vanuatu says the contest for prime minister is now between Serge Vohor and Mr. Kilman, who’s due in court later this week on perjury charges initiated by Mr. Natapei.

Last month Mr. Kilman succeeded in a court action which removed Mr. Vohor from office and that suit prompted Mr. Natapei to seek legal redress over his earlier loss of the prime ministership.

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