VANUATU CANCELS JANUARY 20 ELECTIONS

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PORT VILA, Vanuatu (December 10, 1997 - PACNEWS)---Vanuatu's Electoral Commission has cancelled general elections called for January 20.

It says it will announce a new election date, following the outcome of the court of appeal’s review of the dissolution of Parliament by President Jean-Marie Leye two weeks ago, Radio Vanuatu reports.

The commission was ordered by the Supreme Court to cancel the election date after the court ruled that the dissolution of the house was illegal.

President Leye's action followed a request by Prime Minister Serge Vohor, in a move aimed at preventing a motion of no confidence in his government.

Meanwhile, Attorney-General Ham Bulu says his office is considering bringing in a Queen’s Council for the appeal case. He says the decision later this week will depend on whether a constitutional expert will be needed. Court Registrar Rita Naviti has confirmed that two judges from the region will be flown in to hear the appeal case.

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