8 Sep 2014

Vanuatu Opposition lose court bid over motion

5:23 pm on 8 September 2014

The Vanuatu Supreme Court has today dismissed a constitutional application by the Opposition against a ruling by the Speaker of Parliament Philip Boedoro.

Last week Mr Boedoro rejected an Opposition bid for a motion of no confidence in the Prime Minister, Joe Natuman, ruling it was invalid.

The Opposition Leader, Moana Carcasses, claimed this breaches their constitutional rights.

Vanuatu opposition leader Moana Carcasses

Vanuatu opposition leader Moana Carcasses Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades

Mr Boedoro's lawyer Kiel Loughman says the court upheld his client's decision which was based on the withdrawal of three signatures from the motion.

"There was evidence that the three signatures were obtained on a blank piece of paper for purposes other than the request. And then were subsequently attached to the request and used as signatures for the request when in fact they were not. So that's basically what the court found."

Vanuatu lawyer Kiel Loughman.