VANUATU'S ACTING CHIEF JUSTICE PUTS OFF NO CONFIDENCE VOTE DECISION UNTIL

FRIDAY

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (April 5, 2001 – Radio Australia)---Vanuatu's Acting Chief Justice has postponed until Friday any ruling on whether Parliament should be recalled for a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister, Barak Sope.

The opposition is seeking a legal decision that Speaker Paul Ren Tari 's refusal earlier this week to allow the vote to go ahead as scheduled was unconstitutional.

The Acting Chief Justice, Vincent Lunabek, heard legal submissions from both the government and the opposition for about three hours yesterday, before he adjourned the case.

On Tuesday, Vanuatu's Speaker refused to entertain the no confidence motion on the grounds that Prime Minister Barak Sope was suing the 27 Members of Parliament who signed the motion for defamation of character.

He ruled that because the matter was to go before the courts the Parliament could not debate the no confidence motion.

The opposition claims the motion is covered by Parliamentary privilege and the Speaker was in error.

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