Vanuatu Opposition To Appeal No-Confidence Attempt

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Court dismissed move after MPs signatures found invalid

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, August 5, 2013) – Vanuatu’s opposition leader, Ham Lini, says it is preparing to appeal a court ruling that dismissed their attempt to bring a motion for a vote of no confidence in the prime minister, Moana Carcasses Kalosil.

Last week, the Supreme Court threw out the opposition’s application after the speaker of parliament, Philip Boedoro, had refused its request for an extra-ordinary session, saying some signatures on the motion were invalid.

The chief justice, Vincent Lunabek, ruled Mr. Boedoro was right to reject the opposition push after the signatures of four MPs were withdrawn from the motion.

Mr. Lini says he cannot elaborate at this stage but that the opposition will definitely appeal against the court decision.

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