9 Dec 2004

Vanuatu court to hear govt appeal today

11:14 am on 9 December 2004

The Vanuatu Court of Appeal is hearing an appeal today from Serge Vohor's minority government, which is trying to stave off a vote of no confidence.

The Speaker had disallowed the vote last week, saying Mr Vohor was protected by a new constitutional change barring votes of no confidence 12 months either side of an election.

The Supreme Court ruled earlier that the Opposition could bring the motion and by mutual consent Parliament was to resume immediately.

But yesterday the Government sought, and was granted, an appeal hearing against the ruling.