Vanuatu constitutional review halted

The Opposition sponsored Motion of No Confidence against Prime Minister Charlot Salwai, was debated in Parliament yesterday. Picture: VANUATU DAILY POST

PORT VILA, (VANUATU DAILY POST) — The Vanuatu Government says the absence of Opposition MPs at all the constitution review committee meetings has halted the continuation of the work of the Constitutional Review.

As a result, government introduced the Constitution Review (Seventh Amendment) Act No. of 2018 before the Special Sitting in Parliament Monday.

“Everything came to a halt because the Opposition Members appointed to take part in the meetings never or refused to attend the meetings,” Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ralph Regenvanu told Daily Post.

“They had three (3) Members appointed to the Committee. The Government had four (4) and could have proceeded, but this would have not serve the purpose of involving both sides of the House because we were dealing with the National Constitution that require wide community representations of Vanuatu.”

However, he said the government will have to start a new process on the Review of the National Constitution of the Republic of Vanuatu and begin from scratch.

“This government will make sure that the new process of the Review on the National Constitution is completed, and shepherd it through a National Referendum before the 2020 National Parliamentary Elections,” said Minister Regenvanu.

“The present Government will ensure the wishes of the people of Vanuatu and all other organisations that wish to see changes to the Constitutions made, will be made before 2020 general elections so that we can ensure there is no more political instability in the country,” he said.

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