- Associated Press - Thursday, February 12, 2015

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) - The Navajo Nation’s high court says it won’t hear oral arguments in a presidential election case.

The Supreme Court justices had ordered the presidential contest between Joe Shirley Jr. and Russell Begaye to be held by last month. But lawmakers passed legislation that allows a do-over of last year’s primary election.

The bill is being challenged in the Supreme Court.

The justices said Wednesday that they won’t hold a hearing or allow the parties to talk through their differences. Instead, they’ll issue a decision based on the legal briefings.

The presidential election was thrown into turmoil after a candidate was disqualified because he failed to prove he was fluent in the Navajo language.

Ben Shelly is serving as the tribe’s top leader until the mess gets sorted out.


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