Vanuatu's PM Remains Committed To Political Reform

Proposed constitutional amendments will be put to referendum

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, June 11, 2016) – Vanuatu's prime minister has promised that a series of proposed amendments to the constitution will be put to a referendum, after the opposition this week boycotted parliament in protest.

Charlot Salwai's coalition government took office after a snap election in January, which followed months of political turmoil.

Vanuatu's politics has been plagued by regular no confidence motions and corruption scandals, which culminated last year when 15 government MPs, including the deputy prime minister, were jailed for corruption.

Mr Salwai has since promised a number of reforms to bring stability to Vanuatu's politics.

However, an extraordinary sitting of parliament this week had to be postponed after the opposition boycotted it in protest, meaning a quorum could not be reached.

But a determined Mr Salwai says the government remains committed to pushing through the reforms, which the public will ultimately vote on.

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