7 Apr 2009

Motion of no confidence in Marshall Islands' govt may be tabled this week

7:51 am on 7 April 2009

A motion of no confidence in the Marshall Islands government looks likely to be introduced this week.

Ousted foreign minister, Tony deBrum is one of seven ministers bringing the motion after the president named Senator John Silk of the opposition United Democratic Party as his replacement.

Our correspondent, Giff Johnson, says the Speaker of Parliament has had legal advice to recall parliament as early as possible to deal with the motion.

"If the speaker listens to his legal adviser then we presume there will be a meeting shortly where the motion will be introduced and then the no confidence vote will happen and according to the constitution within 5 and not more than 10 days after the motion is introduced."

Giff Johnson says decision-making from the top of government down to lower levels has come to a relative standstill for the last couple of months.