16 Nov 2010

Vanuatu govt motion to suspend opposition MPs still on the cards

8:18 pm on 16 November 2010

Vanuatu's President Iolu Abbil has opened the country's ordinary session of parliament this week with a focus on the word "maturity".

Mr Abbil said that just as the country had become independent 30 years ago, Vanuatu should be mature enough to move forward again and make progress, with next week's so-called Forgivenes Week signalling a chance for leaders to resolve divisions.

However his comments come at a time when the government is considering a motion to suspend the leader of the opposition and at least three other opposition MPs for their role in a recent failed motion of no confidence against the Prime Minister.

The government motion to suspend MP was withdrawn during the extra ordinary session of parliament last week.

Prime Minister Edward Natapei said he withdrew the motion to redraft a section of the motion but that it has not been killed.

It will be resubmitted at the end of Forgiveness Week.