Vanuatu: Election winners confident of forming government | Radio New Zealand

A newly-elected MP for Vanuatu’s capital, Port Vila, says he is confident the multi-party bloc he is part of will get the numbers needed to form the next government. Kenneth Natapei, the son of the recently-deceased former Prime Minister Edward Natapei, was elected to one of the town’s six seats in snap elections on Friday. His Vanua’aku party has entered into a bloc with several other parties, including the Graon mo Jastis Pati and National United Party, to try to gain the majority needed to form a government and make constitutional changes hoped to end years of political instability. Mr Natapei says the bloc needs to win the support of some independent MPs to form a government, but he is confident that will happen and that it will last a full term.