16 Aug 2011

Vanuatu speaker avoids sacking bids

3:33 pm on 16 August 2011

Repeated government attempts to sack Vanuatu's speaker Maxime Carlot Korman have failed amid timing problems.

Under the parliamentary standing orders, a written motion can only be debated on Tuesdays and Thursdays from four to five in the afternoon.

Last week, Mr Carlot Korman received a request from the prime minister, Sato Kilman, to suspend Thursday's parliamentary session until four o'clock to allow the ministers to take part in the Vanuatu-Australia talks.

The speaker rejected the request of Mr Kilman to meet only for one hour and adjourned the session until last Friday.

But on Friday, the speaker closed the fifth extra-ordinary session and invited Mr Kilman to request an other extra-ordinary session if he still wanted to remove him.