30 Aug 2011

Vanuatu parliament to debate motion to oust speaker

1:33 pm on 30 August 2011

The Vanuatu Parliament is this afternoon due to debate a motion calling for the removal of the Speaker, Maxime Carlot Korman.

Mr Carlot Korman has avoided having the motion voted twice in the past two weeks.

The move against Mr Carlot Korman, who's a member of the opposition, comes after he cut short several extra-ordinary sessions of parliament called by the government to try and pass a supplementary budget.

Yesterday, he suspended the education minister, Marcelino Pepite, but this isn't expected to affect the government's dominance.

The Prime Minister Sato Kilman has the backing of 28 MPs against the opposition's 23.

It's possible however that Mr Carlot Korman could again escape the motion by letting a similar motion against the second deputy speaker be debated first.

Under standing orders parliament only allows an hour for the debate of written motions and it's not possible for parliament to pass the two motions in an hour.