Vanuatu PM fends off no-confidence vote

Vanuatu PM fends off no-confidence vote

Vanuatu PM fends off no-confidence vote

Updated 6 December 2012, 23:25 AEDT

Vanuatu's Prime Minister Sato Kilman has fended off a no-confidence vote by reshuffling his ministry.

Vanuatu's Prime Minister Sato Kilman has fended off a no-confidence vote by reshuffling his ministry to secure the support of opposition MPs.

Mr Kilman has taken the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery portfolio from Dunstan Hilton, and given it to Kalvau Moli.

The Prime Minister was re-elected only a month ago but had four ministers defect after he reappointed a number of ministers who were facing impending court cases.

After the recent shuffle, Mr Kilman said he now had the support of 30 members of the 52-seat parliament.

"I've been in Parliament for 17 years and most of that time - soon after any election of [the] Prime Minister - you find the Opposition making every effort to try and get numbers to form government," Mr Kilman said.

"This time, it's the same except it's a really short time base."

Mr Kilman also said he was "very disappointed" to have corruption allegations levelled against him by the opposition.

"No one has proved anything," he said.

"If a member or citizen of a country thinks there is a crime committed then they should report it to the appropriate authorities and have it dealt with by law."