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Moli replaces Hilton as agriculture minister

New Minister of Agriculture (center) sworn in with PM

The Luganville Independent MP, Kalfau Moli, is now the new Minister for Agriculture.

He replaces the outgoing PPP Vice-President and TORBA MP, Dunstan Hilton, who stepped down for what the Prime Minister said the sacrifice by his party’s deputy for the sake of stability and the development of the country.

The reshuffle took place yesterday at 4pm at the Prime Minister’s Office as MP Moli was sworn in as the new Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries.

The swearing in ceremony was witnessed by Prime Minister Sato Kilman and State Ministers along with the government political officers and supporters.

The move by the Luganville Independent candidate has further consolidated the number sought by Prime Minister Sato Kilman to maintain the power as at the same time the country was waiting for the outcome of the Supreme Court ruling on the case filed by the Opposition bloc against the Speaker of Parliament.

Kilman told Daily Post after the swearing in ceremony that the Government he leads now commands 30 MPs.

In his remarks shortly after MP Moli was sworn in, Prime Minister Kilman urged the new agriculture minister to aim at advancing the much needed development in the important sector of Vanuatu’s economy for the people of Vanuatu.

The new Agriculture Minister Moli was ousted by the Union of Moderate Parties just before the 30th October parliamentary elections and decided to run on an Independent ticket which gained him the highest numbers of voters in Luganville.

Kilman told Daily Post after the swearing in ceremony that the Government he leads now commands 30 MPs.
In his remarks shortly after MP Moli was sworn in, Prime Minister Kilman urged the new agriculture minister to aim at advancing the much needed development in the important sector of Vanuatu’s economy for the people of Vanuatu.

The new Agriculture Minister Moli was ousted by the Union of Moderate Parties just before the 30th October parliamentary elections and decided to run on an Independent ticket which gained him the highest numbers of voters in Luganville.

The move by new Agriculture Minister Kalfau Moli has now increased the number of the MPs from the government side.
“The people already knew that this appointment will take place. The decision to make this move came about as a result of the Motion of No Confidence deposited in Parliament last week by the Opposition group.

“I am pleased that MP Kalfau Moli and few others realized the importance of political stability in the country which resulted in their move from the Opposition to the Government. This now assures the country of a political stability in the government I am leading today with the number of 30 MPs. We must now move forward with the developments,” Kilman told Daily Post after the ceremony.

The Prime Minister called on the newly appointed agriculture minister to work together with other cabinet ministers and the government to advance the country.

In his response Moli said he has the confidence in the leadership of Prime Minister Sato Kilman.

“I have every confidence in the Leadership of the Prime Minister and believe in the development goals he has for this country and our people. And I am also thankful to the TORBA MP Dunstan Hilton for his great understanding to allow for the me to step in to ensure the government and the nation maintains the stability and allow for progress and economic growth in our nation,” Moli told Daily Post.

The Prime Minister also acknowledged the understanding on the part of the President of the Green Confederation Party to allow for his MP Toara Daniel to become State Minister for Internal Affairs.