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Opposition tried to move no-confidence motion against PM Salwai

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The Prime Minister of Vanuatu Charlot Salwai responded to comments made by former PM and current member of parliament Sato Kilman earlier this week.

Mr Salwai said he does not understand the accusation made by Mr Kilman when he said that Vanuatu has to be fair in its foreign policy. He said that so far his government has maintained Vanuatu’s policy on the independence of West Papua, New Caledonia, Bougainville and even Western Sahara.

According to Salwai, his government has maintained its foreign policy on decolonization of the countries who are still colonized by the other countries. He said that the only time that there was slit change in Vanuatu’s foreign policy was when Mr Kilman was Prime Minister.

“During Mr Kilman’s reign, he has developed close ties with Indonesia,” added Salwai, saying that Kilman’s comments are nothing more than “money campaign”, because the last ordinary session of national parliament is approaching and Kilman needs money to pay the members of parliament.

PM Salwai also stated, that while he was in New York, there was an attempt of a motion of no confidence by the Opposition against him, but it was not successful due to the lack of support.

The allegations on motion saw the defection of the 2 MPs from government side to the opposition side.

PM Salwai said that government, chiefs, church leaders, woman leaders and people are behind the issue of West Papua.