Lacking Quorum, Vanuatu Parliament Session Adjourned

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Extraordinary sitting called by government to replace speaker

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, April 3, 2013) – Vanuatu’s Parliamentary Speaker, George Wells, adjourned an extra-ordinary session of parliament yesterday until this Saturday morning due to the lack of quorum.

Parliament’s standing order requires that 34 of the 52 MPs be in the house during the first day of an extra-ordinary session of the parliament.

But only 31 government MPs were there, with the Opposition boycotting.

Three other MPs, ostensibly with the government, Robert Bohn, Christophe Emmelee and Daniel Toara were also absent.

The session had been called after a move by the new government of Moana Carcasses Kalosil to try and have Mr. Wells replaced as Speaker by Philip Boedoro.

The Opposition has also been threatening a vote of no confidence in the new government but so far no motion has been lodged.

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