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Alleged political manoeuvring in Parliament

Alleged political manoeuvring in Parliament
Alleged political manoeuvring in Parliament
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The Parliamentary opposition alleged the conspiracy has been involved in the decision by the speaker of Parliament not to accept its motion of no confidence against the Salwai led government, another attempt being made last week when the Parliament was ready to hold its last sitting for this year.
The opposition led by Port Vila UMP MP Ismael Kalsakau has formulated the conspiracy as one of the reasons outlined in the constitutional case it filled on Friday last week against the speaker of Parliament, Esmon Saemon.
Sources said the office of the leader of the opposition has been advised and notified that the speaker of Parliament has had discussion behind closed doors with some MPs from the government’s side before making his ruling on the motion of no confidence that was deposited in his office, one day before the filling of the constitutional case in Court.
The opposition claims that the decision to reject the motion of no confidence was not made independently by the speaker of Parliament “but by some individual MPs who have no specific functions in the office of the speaker,” sources said.
On Friday, the speaker of Parliament ruled that the motion of no confidence was not in order. He justified his decision saying the motion had an insufficient number of MPs for Parliament to debate it. The speaker said he had received advice from the State Law Office before he made his ruling.

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