Shelly Vetoes Bill, Deschene Suspends Campaign

Shelly Vetoes Bill, Deschene Suspends Campaign

ABOVE: Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly gets ready to sign the veto message on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Window Rock. (Times photo – Donovan Quintero)


Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly vetoed the bill that could have aided embattled and disqualified Navajo presidential candidate Chris Deschene.

Shelly vetoed the legislation that aligned the fluency requirement with Navajo fundamental law, according to a statement released from his office.

 VIDEO: Shelly speaks and defends actions

Sponsor of the resolution, Navajo Nation Council Delegate Leonard Tsosie said that he’s already begun working on another legislation to override the veto.

Chris Deschene has paused his campaign activity barring legislative veto override or other extraordinary changes in current circumstances.

“It is with tremendous pride in our campaign and disappointment with the President’s veto, that the future of my candidacy is uncertain,” Deschene said in a statement. “Regardless of the outcome, words can not express the pride and gratitude I have in my family, friends, staff and supporters who stood by me throughout this process.”

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