In a first for film in Vanuatu and the Pacific islands region, The film Tanna, shot on location in Vanuatu using a local, untrained cast of actors, has been officially nominated for an Oscar for best foreign language film by the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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The motion of no confidence against the Government of PM Charlot Salwai has been withdrawn by Deputy Opposition Leader Sato Kilman, who conceded that the Opposition didn’t have the numbers to proceed.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.
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 AssemblyPosted: September 25, 2016
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 »