Judge reinstates Shirley as Navajo Nation leader
Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. was back on the job on Monday night after winning a court ruling in his battle with the Navajo Nation Council.

Shirley was suspended by the council in October for alleged wrongdoing. But a Navajo Nation judge issued a permanent injunction that said lawmakers acted outside of their authority.

The decision came on the eve of a referendum that would reduce the size of the council from 88 seats to 24 seats. Another proposal would give Shirley the power to execute line-item vetoes over budget legislation.

A spokesperson for the council said the judge's ruling will probably be appealed.

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