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Navajo Nation court still mulling decision in presidential case

Chris Deschene and his running mate, Fannie Atcitty, campaign on the Navajo Nation. Photo from Facebook

The Navajo Nation Supreme Court promised a prompt ruling on a petition to remove presidential candidate Chris Deschene from the ballot.

The court heard two hours of arguments on Monday in a dispute that's being watched across the country. Chief Justice Herb Yazzie said the "complicated nature" of the case called for "due deliberation" so a ruling won't be available immediately, The Farmington Daily Times reported

Deschene's rival in the race is Joe Shirley Jr., a former president who speaks Navajo fluently. But if he is removed, Russell Begaye, who came in third in the tribe's primary, would appear on the ballot instead.

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Navajo Nation Supreme Court says election petition case requires 'due deliberation'; issues no ruling (The Farmington Daily Times 10/21)
Navajo high court delays ruling in language case (AP 10/20)

Earlier Navajo Nation Supreme Court Order:
Tsosie v. Deschene (September 26, 2014)

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