In Vanuatu, government shelves proposed constitutional changes increasing ministries and introducing chief justice term limits

By RNZ, 22 June 2022
Flag of Vanuatu (photo credit: OpenClipart-Vectors / pixabay)
Flag of Vanuatu (photo credit: OpenClipart-Vectors / pixabay)
Vanuatu's Parliament has shelved the controversial constitutional changes that Prime Minister Bob Loughman's Government wanted to push through. The changes included increasing the number of Government Ministries from 13 to 17 and putting the chief justice on a term limit. [...] The opposition side of the House as well as one of the government coalition's own member parties, that led by former prime minister, Charlot Salwai, boycotted the special sitting. Before the sitting, opposition leader Ralph Regenvanu had appealed to additional MPs on the government side of the House to join his group to boycott the sitting. Regenvanu who is himself a lawyer said such a sitting would be unconstitutional as the Constitution is clear that for it to be amended, a referendum must be organised to seek the opinion of the people first. Regenvanu took issue with two of the proposed changes, introducing a term of five years for the office of the Chief Justice, and a change to the process for the appointment of the Ombudsman.
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