By Chris Leua
Gov't To Seek High Court Ruling On Constitutional Requirements
The Government, through its Attorney General, will be seeking legal clarifications from the High Court on various
constitutional requirements regarding the disputed meanings and applications of sections of the Constitution and
Standing Orders of Parliament before the next meeting of Parliament.
The sections involve provisions that would allow the Governor General to intervene in the current political impasse.
Attorney General Julian Moti has made the Government's intention known in his letter yesterday to the Governor General,
Sir Nathaniel Waena.
The Attorney General has named Leader of the Official Opposition, the Leader of the Independent Members and the Governor
General as defendants.
In the letter, the Attorney General states that in the current political climate, "it is inevitable that the present
political crisis will ultimately travel along a litigious path for the final and authoritative resolution by the
judiciary of the dispute concerning the proper meaning and applications of sections 102(1) and 103(1) of the
Constitution and the circumstances which necessitates your intervention under Order 7(3) of the Standing Orders of the
"In my role as the principal legal advisor to the Government, I have decided to initiate proceedings in the High Court
for the authoritative determination of these issues which currently divide legal opinion sourced by the respective legal
"Necessarily, both Leaders of the Official Opposition and the Leader of the Independent Members are being joined as
parties to the Originating Summons."
The Attorney General proposed to file the case to the High Court on Friday.
Sir Nathaniel Waena during his national address today said it is the Government's right to take the matter to the High
"I will have no say on this", said Sir Nathaniel.