11 May 2004

Vanuatu court to rule on possible early election

3:42 pm on 11 May 2004

A court hearing is being held in Vanuatu to determine whether the acting president, Roger Abiut, was within his rights last night when he dissolved parliament to hold fresh elections.

Mr Abiut has been the acting head of state after the election of President Alfred Maseng was declared invalid.

Our correspondent, Kalvau Moli, says the opposition has taken the decision to court.

"The decision was for the life of parliament ot be dissolved and for Vanuatu to have fresh elections not less than 30 days and not more than 60 days which would mean a possible general election in two months. However it looks quite delicate because the case will now be taken to court later this afternoon."

Kalvau Moli