Posted at 22:32 on 10 December, 2004 UTC
In Vanuatu Serge Vohor was dumped as Prime Minister last night after the Court of Appeal yesterday rejected his attempt to block a vote of no confidence.
It is understood that Ham Lini, who until a week ago, was Deputy Prime Minister, is leading the new Government.
Last week five Ministers and 11 other members of his coalition government joined the Opposition which had brought a motion of no confidence following Mr Vohor agreeing secretly to grant diplomatic recognition to Taiwan.
Government attempts to block the vote, claiming a constitutional amendment no longer allowed votes of no confidence 12 months either side of an election, were dismissed by the court.
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