6 Aug 2013

Vanuatu opposition promise to appeal court ruling on confidence vote

10:35 am on 6 August 2013

Vanuatu's opposition leader, Ham Lini, says they are preparing to appeal a court ruling dismissing their attempt to bring a motion for a vote of no confidence in the prime minister, Moana Carcasses Kalosil.

Vanuatu's Supreme Court last week threw out the opposition's application after the speaker of parliament, Philip Boedoro, had refused their request for an extra-ordinary session, saying some signatures on their no confidence motion were invalid.

The chief justice Vincent Lunabek ruled Mr Boedoro was right to reject the opposition push after the signatures of four MPs were withdrawn from the motion.

Mr Lini says he cannot elaborate at this stage but that the opposition will definitely appeal the court decision.