Breaking news: Motion of no confidence withdrawn due to lack of numbers

The motion of no confidence against the Government of PM Charlot Salwai has been withdrawn by Deputy Opposition Leader Sato Kilman, who conceded that the Opposition didn’t have the numbers to proceed.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.