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Decision still pending on vote of no confidence against Vanuatu PM

By Ruci Farrell - ruci.farrell@pmn.co.nz

Vanuatu's Speaker of the House Esmon Saimon is yet to decide on the vote of no confidence filed against Prime Minister Charlot Salwai in Parliament yesterday.

Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai. Photo/ SPASIFIK.

Media correspondent Danny McGarry says it's hard to establish the motives behind the motion but it reflects the volatile nature of politics in Vanuatu.

McGarry says voters are tired of the succession of prime ministers and Charlot Salwai is determined to maintain political stability.

"The Charlot Salway Government has stated that stability is something that it will pursue quite aggressively and the Prime Minister has insinuated that he would be willing to dissolve Parliament rather than take the country into another period of instability."

"There's a fair amount of support for this decision," says McGarry.

Prime Minister Charlot Salwai survived a no confidence motion in December.

Parliamentarians will debate the motion filed this week, by Opposition leader Ishmael Kalsakau, if it gains majority support.

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