SOLOMON ISLANDS NO CONFIDENCE PARLIAMENT SESSION DELAYED

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (September 8, 1998 - PACNEWS)---The Solomon Islands Parliament meeting scheduled for this morning, to receive and debate a motion of no confidence in the government of Prime Minister Bartholomew Ulufa'alu, has been delayed until further notice.

The announcement was made late yesterday afternoon by the Clerk to Parliament, John Tuhaika, in a memorandum to all members.

The action follows the High Court's direction that the motion should not be debated until the court determines the legality of Governor General Sir Moses Pitakaka calling a special session of the Parliament for the purpose of holding a no confidence vote.

Tuhaika earlier confirmed that the only business for the meeting planned for today was to have been the no confidence motion, which was scheduled to be moved by the Opposition group.

Meanwhile, at a court hearing yesterday, the Chief Justice, Sir John Muria, said he does not have the power to rule against the governor general's decision to call a special session of Parliament, but only gave direction that the no-confidence motion be delayed until the current case is determined.

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