VANUATU SUPREME COURT DECLARES UMP SUSPENSIONS "NULL AND VOID"

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PORT VILA, Vanuatu (October 28, 1999 – Radio Australia)---The Supreme Court of Vanuatu has dismissed an attempt by the Union of Moderate Parties to suspend 17 party members who had refused to resign from the coalition government.

Deputy Prime Minister Willie Jimi was one of four cabinet ministers and 13 other members holding government positions, who were suspended at the party's congress last weekend.

They were suspended after refusing a directive from the National Council in August to resign their positions.

Justice Marum declared the suspensions null and void, and said all attempts to enforce the suspensions and any related decisions by the party's national council are of no effect.

The president of the party says he will appeal the ruling.

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