New Gov’t coalition MoU today; PM Salwai invokes spirit of bipartisanship

Vanuatu Parliament House, Port Vila

Constructive times ahead under the red roof? Photo: PhillipC/Flickr

The coalition is to be reinforced today by a signing of an amended MoU late this afternoon. Prime Minister Charlot Salwai will also be announcing Government parliamentary secretary appointments. A request has also gone to Parliament from PM Salwai’s office for a date for a meeting of the House to approve the national budget for 2016. Daily Post today reports PM Salwai congratulating the newly appointed Opposition Leader, Alatoi Ishmael Kalsakau. “Vanuatu needs a strong and competent Opposition and the Office of the Prime Minister looks forward to working with the Leader of the Opposition and the Opposition Bloc in the 11th Legislature,” he said. It seems much of the recovery plan following Cyclone Pam was not implemented by the last Government and PM Salwai and the Council of Ministers are anxious to make re-construction a priority of the new Government.

Lini Day, Sunday, is being celebrated in North Pentecost with a mini-festival of cultural activities, Godwin Ligo reports in Daily Post. Traditional cooking methods, weaving and gardening practice demonstrations are being accompanied by story-telling and children’s games close to where the late Fr Walter was born and where his body was laid to rest.

Vanuatu Registry Services in Hong Kong points out that the company, which is suing the Vanuatu Government and officials for breach of contract, is Vanuatu Registry Services Ltd, Hong Kong, not the Port Vila based Vanuatu Registry Services. It is indeed the Hong Kong company which is Deputy Commissioner of the Vanuatu Financial Services Commission.

The boat of a missing Aniwa fisherman has been discovered not far from Hat Island. His body has not been found.