Vanuatu Constitution Amended By Parliament

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Opposition leader says there was no time to properly consider proposals

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Nov. 29, 2013) – The Vanuatu parliament has just passed the sixth amendment to the country’s constitution with changes to land issues and citizenship all included in the same debate.

The Vanuatu Daily Digest reports the changes were approved by 36 MPs, with one against and 9 abstentions.

The changes were introduced by the prime minister Moana Carcasses as necessary for the development of the country.

The opposition leader, Ham Lini, says there was no opportunity for both sides of parliament to consider the proposals which finally emerged, with changes introduced as late as this morning.

The land reforms, which followed consultations around the country led by the lands minister Ralph Regenvanu, incorporated the outcomes of the 2006 Lands Summit, which had been ignored until now.

The citizenship changes allowed for dual citizenship, aimed at attracting people willing to invest in Vanuatu.

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