Vanuatu’s parliament dissolved

Prime Minister Bob Loughman

Vanuatu’s new President, Nikenike Vurobaravu has dissolved the country’s parliament just over halfway through the current four-year-term.

President Vurobaravu signed the instrument for the dissolution of parliament on Thursday afternoon on the eve of a proposed motion of no confidence in the prime minister that was to have been tabled this morning.

Now-acting prime minister Bob Loughman, has welcomed the president’s decision and called on all Vanuatu citizens to respect it.

Loughman is already in campaign mode saying by law they must hold an election between 30 and 60 days from now.