Court orders suspension of Vanuatu’s parliament

Vanuatu’s Supreme Court has ordered that Parliament be suspended while a constitutional petition filed by the opposition is heard by the court. The opposition had objected to a special session of parliament being called for last week, and subsequently boycotted the session, meaning the required quorom of three-quarters of MPs was not met. Because the quorum wasn’t met, the session […]

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Vanuatu’s PM remains committed to political reform

Vanuatu’s prime minister has promised that a series of proposed amendments to the constitution will be put to a referendum, after the opposition this week boycotted parliament in protest. Charlot Salwai’s coalition government took office after a snap election in January, which followed months of political turmoil. Vanuatu’s politics has been plagued by regular no confidence motions and corruption scandals, […]

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