Vanuatu Acting PM: Government has not violated Constitution

He made the comment after the Supreme Court dismissed the Opposition’s case challenging the appointments of Parliamentary Secretaries (PS).

Mr. Emelee said the Government has remained silent over a long period of time putting its trust in the justice system and today the justice system has ruled that the Government has not breached the Constitution by the appointments of PS.

He said the court ruling is great news for the current coalition Government.

Vanuatu president seeks judicial review of constitution change

Last month, Parliament passed a bill formalising the role of parliamentary secretaries, quasi-ministerial positions held by MPs that have existed since 2012.

The bill was forwarded to the president's State Office to be passed into law but the Daily Post reported the office was seeking a judicial review.

The Attorney General has consented to a request from the office to engage a private lawyer for a court hearing.

VASANOC approves new constitution

The meeting marked the first time the organisation's constitution has been amended since the Vanuatu Amateur Sport Federations and Vanuatu National Olympic Committee merged to form VASANOC in 1991.

According to a summary of changes sent to insidethegames, there will be a "collaboration with Oceania and International Sport Federations to penalise under-performing National Sport Federations of Vanuatu".

Other changes include a procedure for the election of an honorary President as well as the inclusion of athlete representatives as office holders.