10 Jun 2013

Vanuatu Attorney-General criticised for taking back his post

7:05 am on 10 June 2013

Transparency International in Vanuatu has voiced concern over the reappointment of the Attorney-General Ishmael Kalsakau.

Mr Kalsakau resigned from the post last year to contest the general elections constituency but did not make it to parliament.

In April, he reassumed duty as Attorney General, replacing Frederick Gilu, who had been in the role in an acting capacity.

Transparency's Marie-Noelle Ferrieux Patterson says the way Mr Kalsakau forced his way back into the position is wrong.

"You cannot just remove your resignation. When you have started acting upon it, you have resigned and that's it, that's done. You can't do another job and after that come back and say no, I want my job back, I withdraw my resignation."

Ms Ferrieux Patterson says as Attorney-General Ishmael Kalsakau has a conflict of interest with his pursuit of a legal suit against the Electoral Commission which is being represented by his office, the State Law Office.