9 Sep 2011

Former Vanuatu speaker Korman suspended until end of term

3:10 pm on 9 September 2011

The Vanuatu coalition government has forced the suspension of veteran MP and former speaker, Maxime Carlot Korman, from parliament until the end of the current term next year.

The motion had the backing of 26 MPs in the 52-seat parliament, with the opposition not taking any part in the deliberations and vote.

The motion follows weeks of political impasse initiated by Mr Carlot Korman who, as speaker, rigidly applied standing orders to stop the government bringing in a supplementary budget.

Earlier this week, the government succeeded in removing Mr Carlot Korman, making Dunstan Hilton the new speaker.

Our correspondent says the government's motion was intended to punish Mr Carlot Korman for his controversial rulings.

Mr Carlot Korman says the move will be challenged in court.