no confidence motion

Vanuatu Parliament to debate no confidence motion this afternoon

Both the Government and the Opposition bloc claim to have numbers.

The Government claims to have 33 Members of Parliament on its side and the Opposition also claims to have 30 MPs on its side to topple Prime Minister Salwai.

During the parliament session yesterday more MPs were sitting on the Government side than that of the Opposition side.

The Government bloc had 33 MPs after the court case on Unity Day, while the Opposition claimed it has numbers and maintained 30 over last weekend.

Vanuatu Government leadership faces uphill battle

The document was deposited at the Office of the Clerk of Parliament today.

Leader of Opposition, Ishmael Kalsakau has confirmed that thirty Members of Parliament (MP) have signed the motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Charlot Salwai.

The Opposition bloc has given the Speaker of Parliament 7 days’ notice to debate the motion.

Among the signatories in the notice to the Speaker of Parliament are two GJP parliamentarians and one VP parliamentarian who have joined the Opposition bloc.

Vanuatu opposition files motion of no confidence

Ishmael Kalsakau said he had secured the support of 22 opposition MPs and 8 government MPs for the motion in the 52 seat parliament.

There have been multiple unsuccessful attempts previously to try and remove Mr Salwai and last week, amid rumours of an impending vote, he expressed confidence he had the backing of 35 MPs.

But Mr Kalsakau said an extraordinary sitting of parliament has been requested for November 29 to hear the motion.

Vanuatu opposition won't rule out attempt at no confidence motion

The loss of the Leaders Party's eight MPs on Wednesday means the government of Prime Minister Charlot Salwai only has a one seat majority.

Mr Kalsakau would not be drawn on how many MPs now support him, saying he is more interested in building a perfect team.

He said he could either develop a strong opposition which will support him until the election in January 2020, or push for a vote of no confidence.

Vanuatu PM defeats no-confidence motion

The vote, which followed a motion tabled by the opposition, was defeated by 38 votes to 11 votes, with one abstention.

Earlier, justifying its motion, Vanuatu's opposition listed eight acts which it said had allowed the prime minister's office to be called into question.

It said proposed constitutional amendments were poorly considered and consulted.

It alleged that the government's endorsement of income tax and the PACER Plus trade agreement was also poorly consulted and threatened the livelihoods of ni-Vanuatu and the wider economy.

No confidence motion debated today in Vanuatu parliament

The government said it had 39 MPs onside to the opposition's nine.

The Vanuatu Daily Post reported the foreign minister Ralph Regenvanu said the government was more concerned that the Constitutional Review Committee could not meet due to an opposition boycott.

He said the opposition's negative attitude meant a new approach had to be found to prepare for the general election in 2020.

He said the review was important for political stability.

Vanuatu no confidence motion set for debate

Yesterday, the speaker ruled the motion was in order, opening the floor for the challenge.

The motion carries the signatures of nine opposition MPs, listing eight acts they say have allowed the prime minister's office to be called into question.

It says proposed constitutional amendments have been poorly considered and consulted.

It says the government's endorsement of income tax and the PACER Plus trade agreement were also poorly consulted and threaten the livelihoods of ni-Vanuatu and the wider economy.

Vanuatu no confidence motion set for debate

Yesterday, the speaker ruled the motion was in order, opening the floor for the challenge.

The motion carries the signatures of nine opposition MPs, listing eight acts they say have allowed the prime minister's office to be called into question.

It says proposed constitutional amendments have been poorly considered and consulted.

It says the government's endorsement of income tax and the PACER Plus trade agreement were also poorly consulted and threaten the livelihoods of ni-Vanuatu and the wider economy.

Vanuatu opposition lodges no confidence motion

The opposition has listed six reasons for the motion, including concerns over corruption, ministerial "incompetence", decentralisation and tax.

The list also includes "tolerance of outstanding revenue totalling over Vt4 billion ($US36.1 million)" and the signing of the PACER Plus trade agreement.

The opposition bloc said it was concerned at the failure of the government to implement a decentralisation policy which was supported by a majority of MPs and at the proposed introduction of income tax.

Debate underway on Solomons no-confidence motion

The motion was triggered by a series of defections from Mr Sogavare's coalition government late last month.

Beginning the debate, opposition MP Derek Sikua outlined to parliament his reasons for tabling the motion.

Dr Sikua said MPs had lost confidence in the prime minister because he wasn't listening to them any more.

He said Mr Sogavare has become suspicious of anyone who differs from his point of view.