Tanna by-election

Coalition partner agrees to Vanua'aku request for by-election

The party's leader Ralph Regenvanu has confirmed this is in response to a request by a fellow government coalition party, the Vanua'aku Pati.

A by-election is to be held next month after the Vanua'aku Pati's President Joe Natuman lost his parliament seat.

Mr Natuman was earlier found guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice and given a suspended two-year sentence.

His party intends to stand a candidate who could hold the seat until the next general election in 2020 when Mr Natuman hopes to return.

Vanuatu's Tanna by-election set for Sept 25

Mr Natuman lost his appeal case against the Speaker of the House to continue as an MP after he was found guild of attempting to pervert the course of justice and given a suspended two-year sentence.

The Daily Post newspaper says the people of Tanna have from August 6 to 14 to lodge the names of their candidates.

Mr Natuman was the leader of the Vanuaaku Pati which spearheaded the country's move into independence in 1980.