Vanuatu's Prime Minister, Moana Carcasses Kalosil has sacked the Finance Minister, veteran politician Willie Jimmy.
He will be replaced in Cabinet by the former Justice Minister, Maki Simelum, who in turn will be replaced by Tanna MP, Silas Yatan.
Mr Jimmy told Radio Australia he was sacked because some members of his executive committee wanted to form a third block within the government.
"The Prime Minister alleged that some members of my executive are negotiating with the independent groupings within the government caucus that will form the third bloc."
He said right now there are two main blocs in government and the intention behind forming a third block was to make sure Mr Carcasses had the numbers to maintain government.
"But [the PM] looked at it the other way ... and had been under pressure by [other parties] to have me removed at the earliest opportunity possible."
Following his sacking from Cabinet, Mr Jimmy said he will consider his options.
"If there is an opportunity available within any groupings, whether it be from the opposition or ... the present government, I will always be willing to undertake any challenge and serve in any? /the? Government, if the opportunity permits."
Mr Jimmy also said the sacking has placed a great strain on his long-term friendship with Prime Minister Carcasses.