7 May 2011

Vanuatu's ousted PM to have constitutional hearing in Appeal Court

10:20 am on 7 May 2011

Vanuatu's former prime minister, Sato Kilman, will have a constitutional application heard in the Appeal Court next week, after the Supreme Court ruled on April the 30th that his removal from office in a vote of no confidence last month was legitimate.

Mr Kilman alleges the speaker of Parliament, Maxime Carlot Korman, acted illegally because the opposition didn't have a majority when he allowed the vote to go ahead.

The Opposition had the backing of 26 MPs while the Kilman administration could only muster 25.

But the ousted prime minister says the Opposition needed 27 because it's a 52 seat House.