2 Dec 2014

Court to rule on Vanuatu MPs' suspension

11:38 am on 2 December 2014

The Vanuatu Supreme Court is this morning expected to deliver its ruling on the suspension of 16 opposition members of parliament.

The government last week succeeded in pushing through the suspension of the MPs, alleging they had contravened the Leadership Code in accepting monetary offers from the opposition leader, Moana Carcasses.

The opposition MPs deposited an urgent application with Justice Oliver Saksak challenging their suspension.

An opposition motion for a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister, Joe Natuman, is also expected to go ahead this afternoon, regardless of the judge's ruling.

Presently just six opposition MPs are entitled to sit in parliament.

Mr Natuman currently has the support of 32 MPs.