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The head of Government in the 11th legislature, Charlot Salwai, organised a Thanksgiving mass on Wednesday in Port Vila as his term as PM came to an end.
The thanksgiving mass was attended by ministers, directors general, political advisers and government officials.
After the church service, presidents of different political parties presented their speeches to the public.
Graon mo Jastis Party (GJP) President and caretaker Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ralph Regenvanu said his party has always respected the Pele agreement to support Salwai for the position of Prime Minister until the end of the 11th legislature.
”For many youths and children, this is their first time to see a coalition government complete its term, a rare achievement since 1992; and GJP has respected its decision that was sealed with a mat at Pele until today we ended this term,” Regenvanu said.
Caretaker Minister of Climate Change and same time President of National United Party (NUP), Bruno Leingkone said despite being ousted as minister of Foreign Affairs in 2018, NUP maintained its support to the Salwai-led government.
”I was reshuffled as Minister of Foreign Affairs with the GJP president as my replacement,” he said.
“My party decided to sacrifice this position for the sake of stability and when i was reshuffled i never had the intention of switching sides, our priority is for stability for development.”
Caretaker Minister of Justice, Don Ken, said despite challenges solidarity is vital for development.
”We faced many challenges throughout the four years, but we the ministers and our backbenchers (Members of Parliament who do not hold office in the government but support the government) still support this government for the good of our people all throughout Vanuatu,” he said.
Caretaker Prime minister Salwai conveyed his gratitude to the coalition partners.
”Who can believe it that we completed our term compared to previous government? I take this opportunity to thank every one of you who have trusted me with Pele Agreement back in 20016 until today,” he said.
“We defeated seven motions of no confidence and i want to thank every political engineer who sacrificed his time to lobby so that the government can defeat those motions.
”I was elected in 2002 and due to political instability i only served two years before Parliament was dissolved by then Speaker of Parliament Roger Abiut and was re-elected in 2004. Today as Prime minister with my coalition we’ve completed our term and i know for sure that people in this country can feel the power of stability through its development not only in municipalities but also in rural areas.”
”I would like to take this opportunity to thank each MP, minister and a proactive Opposition bloc led by Ishmael Kalsakau,” he said.
“I wish each of us the best in our political campaigns, said Salwai.
Vanuatu will go to the polls on 19 March.
SOURCE: VANUATU DAILY POST/PACNEWS
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