DISAGREEMENT OVER DISSOLUTION OF VANUATU PARLIAMENT

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PORT VILA, Vanuatu (November 28, 1997 - PACNEWS)---Twenty-nine members of the Vanuatu parliament have decided to seek a Supreme Court ruling on Thursday's dissolution of the house by President Jean-Marie Leye.

In a news release, the group says it disagrees with the dissolution of parliament and believes the Head of State misused his powers. They have also called for the President to resign.

The group says in order to protect the integrity of parliament and each MP, they have decided to ask the Supreme Court to rule on the legality and constitutionality of the President's action. They say MPs have the right under the constitution to move a motion of no confidence on government. But they say it now seems they are being punished for doing their duty.

The group says Thursday was a sad day for Vanuatu, and for this reason the President should immediately resign.

The 29 MPs from the faction of the government opposed to the Prime Minister and the opposition are believed to be all supporters of a motion of no confidence filed against the government in parliament Wednesday.

This motion forced Prime Minister Serge Vohor to call a meeting of the cabinet which decided to ask President Leye to dissolve the 50-member parliament.

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