Vanuatu Daily News Digest | Parliament legally and properly dismissed

The Constitutional application of the former Opposition parties has been dismissed in the Supreme Court this morning. Justice Dudley Aru found that the Council of Ministers had been lawfully constituted on 15 October and its advice to the Head of State properly delivered on 16 October The President lawfully exercised his discretion on the advice received. Parliament was, indeed, lawfully dissolved by the Head of State on the advice of the Council of Ministers. Costs are to be paid by the Applicants. Judge Aru urged counsels for the Appellants, if appealing, to exercise their rights within the next 48 hours.

Outside the Dumbea courthouse, after the hour-long delivery of the detailed judgement, as an Opposition spokesman, former PM Joe Natuman thanked the Court and counsels and said the judgement is accepted. Parties of Opposition might challenge, but they are confident of their majority and expecting to win on 22 January. He will be seen in an address on TBV in the evening news. All mainstream media were present.