RMI Opposition Plans Motion Of No Confidence

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Senator Jacklick disappointed how Taiwan treated at Forum

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Oct. 7, 2013) – The Opposition in the Marshall Islands says it's planning a motion of no confidence in the President when parliament next sits.

Head of the Opposition Group, Jaluit Senator Alvin Jacklick has told the Editor of the Marshall Islands Journal Newspaper, Giff Johnson all members of the Opposition support the decision to cast a vote of no confidence against President Christopher Loeak.

Mr Johnson has told Pacific Beat the vote of no confidence in President Christopher Loeak is something the Opposition has been considering for some time.

"They are concerned about the Marshall Islands' Governments relations with both Taiwan and the United States in recent months under President Loeak's administration and issues that have surfaced there in particular," he said.

The Marshall Islands Journal Newspaper reports Jaluit Senator, Alvin Jacklick has criticised the government for escorting a senior Taiwanese diplomat from a post Pacific Island forum meeting in Majuro last month after a request from China.

PACNEWS last month reported the Marshall Islands Foreign Affairs Minister agreed to China's request.

Senator Jacklick has told the newspaper he is surprised China was allowed to dictate to the Marshall Islands government.

He said following China's request was an invasion of the Marshall Islands' sovereignty and it was also amazing that a Taiwanese diplomat was ejected from the International Conference Centre, which Taiwan has paid for.

"That's so un-Marshallese,"he said.

[PIR editor’s note: According to a Marianas Variety story "Both President Loeak and Foreign Affairs Minister Philip Muller, at Wednesday’s Nitijela, or parliament, session downplayed the issue saying what happened was the result of the Forum Secretariat policies and the ongoing political dispute between China and Taiwan." Additionally, "Loeak said he would be writing to the secretary general of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Tuiloma Neroni Slade about the embarrassing situation the Forum put the RMI in. The letter will ask the Forum to consider changing its policies on how Taiwan is treated at Forum meetings."]

According to PACNEWS Taiwan at a separate post forum dialogue session with its six allies Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu, the Taiwanese delegation expressed strong condemnation at the way its diplomat was treated by the host and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.

The news agency said Taiwan had warned there would be consequences for the Marshall Islands after the summit.

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