VANUATU LAWMAKERS SEEK TO OUST SPEAKER KORMAN

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Motion was to be debated in Parliament on Friday

ByGodwin Ligo PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, Aug. 26, 2011) –The motion by the government to oust the Speaker Maxim Carlot Korman is expected to be the first on the list of government Business to be debated by parliament when it re-convene at 8.30 this morning if the standing orders were to be suspended.

This remains to be seen when parliament meets shortly at 8.30 am this morning.

The mover of the government sponsored motion is the Tanna MP and Leader of Government Business, Willie Lop, who is also the Secretary General of the Peoples Progressive Party PPP.

Lop however said it remains to be seen how the Speaker will handle today’s session.

MP Lop confirmed to Daily Post on Wednesday that the Motion will be debated in Parliament when it reconvenes this morning. He also confirmed that the motion that he and the government Whip MP Toara Daniel signed replaces the previous motion signed by Justice Minister Ralph Regenvanu which the Speaker said was not in order.

The government Supplementary Appropriation Bill is also a priority for the government to have it passed, according to the Leader of the Government Business MP Willie Lop.

Last week the Minister of Education told local media that untrained teachers in government schools throughout the country have not received two consecutive wages because of the shortfall in government cash flow.

This is the third time that the 6th Extra-Ordinary Session of parliament is reconvened. The first sitting was closed by the Speaker because; he claimed that the bills and a motion against him were not in order.

The government then sought remedy through the court which ordered the Speaker to reconvene the 6th Extra-ordinary Session.

When Parliament reconvened the 6th Extra Ordinary Session on Wednesday morning, the Speaker once again told both the Government and the Opposition side that the government bills including the motion against him were not in order. He then adjourned the meeting to 8.30 this morning.

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