No confidence vote ousts Vanuatu PM

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Vanautu’s Prime Minister Edward Natapei has been ousted from office after a successful no confidence motion this afternnoon.

Mr Natapei has been replaced by his former Deputy Sato Kilman, with the vote following nearly a year of conflict in Vanuatu’s political scene.

Mr Natapei has been at loggerheads with a number of Vanuatu’s MP’s for the past year.

But he has also blocked the leader of Fiji’s military regime, Commodore Frank Bainimarama from taking on the rotating chair of the regional trade bloc the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

Political reporter with the Vanuatu Broadcasting Corporation Alain Simeon says many MP’s hope the change will help improve the relationship between Vanuatu and Fiji.

“We’ll see what developments come out of that when he tries to mend the relationship with Commodore Frank Bainimarama,” he said.

Mr Natapei was out of the country when he was voted out of office, on his way to represent Vanuatu at the UN Climate Change Conference underway in Cancun Mexico.