PORT VILA, Vanuatu, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Vanuatu Prime Minister Edward Natapei reportedly lost his post in the Pacific island nation for not providing a written excuse for political absences.
The BBC reported Friday that under Vanuatu law, Natapei was required to give up his position and forfeit his parliamentary seat if he couldn't provide a written explanation for missing three consecutive parliamentary sittings.
Natapei, who missed the sessions while attending a Commonwealth of Natiions summit in Trinidad and Tobago, failed to notify the parliamentary speaker of the cause of his absences.
Members of the Vanuatu Parliament will likely vote on a new prime minister next week, the BBC reported. A by-election is also expected to take place for Natapei's parliamentary seat.
Until the vote by parliamentary members takes place, a caretaker government is in power in Vanuatu.