Vanuatu security and depleted Opposition

Vanuatu President Father Baldwin Lonsdale has urged the Salwai government to ensure the police force is adequately staffed and equipped to provide security and maintain law and order.

He made the call in his address at the opening of the First Ordinary Session of parliament in Port Vila yesterday.

In his response, Prime Minister Charlot Salwai said he agreed with the concerns raised by the President.

He said action was already being taken to connect all the provincial police posts to a central system in Port Vila on crime daily, and police recruitment.

PM's PR Officer Hilaire Bule says 46 of the 52 MPs sat on the government side of the chamber, 5 on the opposition side and Deputy Opposition Leader, Sato Kilman sat alone as an independent.