14 May 2004

Vanuatu opposition ponders appeal to stop early polls

1:32 pm on 14 May 2004

The Opposition in Vanuatu is considering appealing a Supreme Court ruling that the acting president, Roger Abiut, was within his rights to order a dissolution of parliament.

The Court was asked to make a judgement after Opposition MPs claimed Mr Abiut had no right to order such a move.

The deputy leader of the Opposition, Barak Sope, says they are awaiting legal advice before deciding whether to appeal.

"At the moment the lawyers are looking at the judgement that was made last night and they will advise us as to whether we can appeal the decision or not. As soon as they do that then we will have a clearer position."

Mr Sope says a decision is likely to be made later today.

The Opposition was preparing to move a motion of no-confidence in the government, before Parliament was dissolved.