19 Jun 2015

Vanuatu court allows case over Speaker change

6:29 am on 19 June 2015

A judge in Vanuatu says there is case to answer over the government's decision to elect a new parliamentary speaker who went on to rule out a planned motion of no confidence.

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Photo: RNZ

The new government on Tuesday consolidated its position with the election of a new Speaker, Marcellino Pipite.

That followed last week's ousting of the Joe Natuman-led government in a motion of no confidence, and the subsequent election of Sato Kilman as Prime Minister.

The new opposition then issued its own motion for a no confidence vote which Mr Pipite rejected.

They then took legal action and in the Supreme Court on Thursday Justice Dudley Aru decided there is a case to be heard against the change in Speaker.

It will be heard on Monday afternoon.