Breaking news: 36-MP bloc signs agreement to form Government

MoU signed today

A Memorandum of Agreement has been signed to form Government, according to a press release issued late this afternoon by Ralph Regenvanu, MP-elect for Port Vila and leader of Graon mo Jastis Party:

A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed this afternoon by 11 political groupings comprising 36 newly-elected Members of Parliament towards the formation of a new government next week when Parliament sits on the 11th February 2016.

The 11 parties and political groupings are the Vanuaaku Pati (VP), the Graon Mo Jastis Pati (GJP), the National United Party (NUP), the Rassemblement Des Mouvements Pour Le Changement and Partners (RMC), the Vanuatu Green Confederation (VGC), the Vanuatu National Development Party (VNDP), the Nagriamel Movement, the Melanesian Progressive Party (MPP), the Fren Melanesian Party (FMP), the Union Of Moderate Parties (UMP) and the Leaders Group.

The parties and political groupings that signed the MOA have agreed to come together to establish a Coalition Government are united by a common understanding and consensus between them that there is an urgent and paramount need for political reform to reduce instability in the government – thereby reducing corruption, ensuring service delivery to the population and restoring confidence, stability and growth in the country.

Following the signing of this MOA, the parties and groupings will now decide on arrangements between them, including the allocation of the position of Prime Minister, Speaker and Ministerial Portfolios, that can ensure that they remain united in an effective Government that is able to achieve political reform and enhance economic development and service delivery throughout the four year term of Parliament.

There is no word yet from the parties to the agreement about nominations for the positions of Prime Minister, Deputy PM or any ministerial portfolios.