15 Oct 2009

Marshalls president faces fresh no confidence challenge

2:39 pm on 15 October 2009

The President of the Marshall Islands Litokwa Tomeing is facing his third no confidence test in 12 months after four senators, including a former President, filed the motion.

A former president, Kessai Note, Kaboke Kabua, Rellong Lemari and Frederick Muller filed the motion during a Parliament session yesterday.

The Speaker Jurelang Zedkaia says he does not know what prompted it but says he is expecting the senators to justify why.

"The notice of the motion of no confidence just came yesterday during a session yesterday. So according to our constitution we'll have to wait to work on it within five days or no later than ten days."

Jurelang Zedkaia says if the motion is passed, a new president will have to be elected.