It is less than one hour before the parliament sitting for this afternoon commences at 2pm. Already people are talking and speculating about the future of Vanuatu’s politics and the integrity of members of both the government and the opposition.
Justice Oliver Saksak has ruled that the suspension of Vanuatu Parliament’s leader of opposition, Moana Carcasses and his fifteen cohorts was unconstitutional. This means the suspension of these MPs is now invalid.
Although the sixteen MPs were suspended for allegations of bribery, Justice Saksak pointed out that these were incidents that happened outside of the parliament house. Any suspension of MPs from the house has to be for reasons of breaching the house’s standing orders, which were not breached in this case.
When parliament resumes this afternoon at 2pm, the 16 MPs are expected to be in their seats in the house.