16 MPs suspended from Parliament
Vanuatu’s parliament has suspended 16 MPs for two sessions, the current session and the first of next year running from March to April. The MPs have been suspended for allegedly taking financial inducements from the opposition leader Moana Carcasses.
Radio New Zealand reports that Mr Carcasses deposited $10,000 into the bank accounts of a number of MPs. He states that the money was a series of loans and that more than 16 MPs were involved. Athough the 16 named MPs were from the opposition, Mr Carcasses says that those in government also borrowed money from him and that he will reveal their names.
A total of 27 MPs voted for the suspension whilst 22 voted against with one abstention.