PNG'S DEPUTY OPPOSITION LEADER PEIPUL FORMALLY DISMISSED FROM PARLIAMENT

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (May 23, 2001 – Radio Australia)---Papua New Guinea's Deputy Opposition Leader Peter Peipul has been formally dismissed from Parliament.

Radio Australia correspondent Richard Dinnen reports that the MP’s dismissal follows his conviction on charges of misconduct in office.

"Peter Peipul was found guilty of misconduct by Papua New Guinea's Leadership Tribunal last month.

"The charges related to the appointment of Mr. Peipul's brother to the public service when Mr. Peipul was the minister responsible for the public service.

"The Leadership Tribunal recommended that Mr. Peipul loose his seat in Parliament and that recommendation then went to the Governor general, but there was a delay in implementation over which the PNG Ombudsman Commission and the Solicitor general had expressed concern.

"The Governor General’s Office has confirmed that the dismissal notice has now been served on Mr. Peipul and he is no longer a Member of Parliament.

"Richard Dinnen, Radio Australia, Port Moresby."

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