VANUATU PRESIDENT ORDERED TO SIGN CONTROVERSIAL BILLS INTO LAW

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PORT VILA, Vanuatu (August 31, 2000 – Radio Australia)---Vanuatu's Supreme Court has ordered the President, Father John Bani, to sign into law two controversial bills passed this year by the Vanuatu Parliament.

However, the court has ordered some amendments to the two legislative items.

They are the Public Services Amendment Bill and the Government Amendment Bill.

The two bills have angered the Asian Development Bank, which has threatened to freeze any further lending to Vanuatu.

Prime Minister Barak Sope told Parliament this week he had responded to the ADB threat by announcing that his government was ready to stop seeking loans from the bank.

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