Breaking news: Motion of no confidence withdrawn due to lack of numbers

The motion of no confidence against the Government of PM Charlot Salwai has been withdrawn by Deputy Opposition Leader Sato Kilman, who conceded that the Opposition didn’t have the numbers to proceed. Today’s attempt at a motion of no confidence is the second this month to have failed. The Government’s position was never in doubt as they maintained a majority of 31 MPs.

The repeated failure of the Opposition’s censure motions will now give ammunition to Government’s legislative attempts to stabilise Vanuatu’s political life by restricting the number and timing of parliamentary censure motions.


Breaking news: Motion of no confidence fails

The agenda item concerning the Motion of No Confidence in the Government of PM Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas did not even obtain a full hearing this afternoon in the Vanuatu Parliament. Everyone was there, a further 8 withdrew their signatures, but the Speaker ruled the matter could be taken no further when all there seemed to be was bickering from the supporters of the Motion. We the public were not given a single reason to reduce our confidence in the leader of the Government, nor was our trust in him diminished. But the Opposition wasted an hour of everyone’s time trying to get a chance to bring him down. The motion ended up in the poubelle.

The second extraordinary sitting was closed.


Prime Minister Salwai raises decolonisation of Pacific, climate change in address to UN General Assembly

HE Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas, Prime Minister of Vanuatu, addressing the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly in New York, 23 September 2016. Photo: UN

HE Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas, Prime Minister of Vanuatu, addressing the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly in New York, 23 September 2016. Photo: UN

Climate change was real and its consequences are being felt worldwide, Prime Minister Salwai said in his address to the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly yesterday in New York. Vanuatu has deposited its instrument of ratification of the Paris Agreement with the Secretary-General two days ago, he said, calling on Read the rest of this entry »


History made as Vanuatu qualifies for FIFA 2017 U-20 World Cup with stunning 2-1 win over Solomon Islands

Vanuatu's Under-20 team and spectators celebrate Vanuatu's qualifying 2-1 win over the Solomon Islands for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Photo: Shane Wenzlick/OFC

Vanuatu’s Under-20 team and spectators celebrate Vanuatu’s qualifying 2-1 win over the Solomon Islands for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Photo: Shane Wenzlick/OFC

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Vanuatu i gat power! Rower Luigi Teilemb qualifies for Rio Olympics

Vanuatu yes! The International Olympic Committee has just announded that Vanuatu rower Luigi Teilemb has qualified for the Rio Olympics. Photo: Vanuatu Rowing Association

Vanuatu rower Luigi Teilemb has qualified to compete at the Rio Olympics this August. Photo: Vanuatu Rowing Association

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Cyclone brewing east of Vanuatu could form by Tuesday [updated]

Satellite image of TD14F. Image: JWTC

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History made as Vanuatu marches in opposition to violence against women

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The protest march sets off from Vila’s seafront. Photo: Mich McConell-Wilson (via Facebook)

In an outpouring of popular protest today, several hundred women, men and children marched in Port Vila and Luganville to demand an end to violence against women Read the rest of this entry »