Vanuatu Daily News Digest | Extra-ordinary sitting closed minutes ago

Listeners to the broadcast of the extra-ordinary sitting of Parliament were surprised to hear this morning that some four draft Bills were withdrawn and the sitting closed within minutes of Parliament opening at 9.30 am.

The Leader of Government Business Alfred Maoh explained that the Citizenship Amendment Act needed further amendments and the Government Remuneration Tribunal Act needed further consultation with MPs, along with the amendments to the Parliamentary Statutes and Miscellaneous Provisions which might have been discussed this morning. Furthermore the Representation of the Peoples Act needed further parliamentary amendments. Accordingly the First Extra-ordinary Sitting was terminated. It is understood MPs were standing by to learn when the first Ordinary sitting for 2015 would now be scheduled, whether today or later.