24 Aug 2009

New motion of no confidence possible in Marshall Islands

10:21 am on 24 August 2009

The Marshalls Islands parliament convenes today for its second session of 2009.

Two main issues are expected to dominate the sitting, the national budget and also a possible vote of no confidence against President Litokwa Tomeing.

Our correspondent in the Marshall Islands, Giff Johnson, reports.

"The August session of the Parliament here is traditionally one when the National budget is considered and approved because the fiscal year starts in October, so that's always the major issue on the agenda, but complicating or possibly complicating the August session is the fact that members of the Parliament are threatening another motion of no confidence, and this would be in unprecedented third motion of no confidence against President Litokwa Tomeing since he took office eighteen months ago."