33 MPs confirm support for Salwai Government ahead of motion of no confidence

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The leaders of the different political parties supporting the government of Prime Minister Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas have reiterated their support for him in the light of the motion of no confidence to be debated at 4pm this afternoon, VST. They came together yesterday afternoon at the PM’s Office. Thirty-three MPs (of the 52 total) attended the gathering and confirmed they were ready to defeat the Opposition’s motion. Nine MPs of the Opposition signed the motion – and one can only ask why? The Opposition says it is because of income tax—yet this is an idea that has never gone further than the discussion stage.

The Port Vila Town Council of Chiefs is standing by to help organise a peaceful march through the town tomorrow to protest violence which is sometimes observed at this time of year as disturbances related to alcohol and drug consumption take place. This writer mid-afternoon yesterday witnessed a young man vigorously trying to stone another with roadside coral rock at the Seven Stars floodwaters in lower Anabrou. At least two dozen people of different communities seemed to be taking sides in the matter whilst separated by the Seven Stars swamp, the angry young man in opposition to another where he had joined him on the other side of the watery divide. A young woman was also involved to some degree. The 8:30 march through town is to cover such issues as security. Starting at ex-Trader Vic’s, the march goes to the Malvatumauri. A petition is to be handed over to the government. A longtime Tanna/Ambrym conflict is to be resolved at this time with a reconciliation ceremony. And another peace-making occurs between Malekula and Tanna. The Police and Ministry of Home Affairs have approved the march.

The Lands Ministry has approved a reduction in fees for certain classes of business which will make the Valuer General’s services more affordable. This has been confirmed to Daily Post today.

The nation’s first Fisheries Policy was launched yesterday. Minister Seremiah emphasized the collectivity of the policy. “It is the culmination of our national planning in the Fisheries and Aquaculture sections,” he confirmed. (Daily Post)