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Petition Against Election Of Vanuatu PM Struck Down
Supreme Court dismisses challenge to Kilman’s eligibility

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Feb. 8, 2013) – Vanuatu’s Supreme Court has struck out a petition against the Prime Minister Sato Kilman which challenged his eligibility to stand in the last general election.

The constitutional application against Mr Kilman was brought by a Port Vila MP, Willie Jimmy, who alleged that the Prime Minister hadn’t settled an outstanding debt of about 120,000 US dollars in government rent before he contested the October election.

Mr Jimmy and other candidates in the election were made to settle their debts before they were allowed to stand.

However Justice Robert Spear ruled that Mr Jimmy is not eligible to challenge the election of Mr Kilman because he didn’t contest the same constituency which in the Prime Minister’s case is Malekula.

The petition was accordingly struck out.

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