New No Confidence Motion In PNG

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Concern PM could adjourn parliament to avoid motion

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, November 3, 2015) – Papua New Guinea's opposition has resubmitted a motion of no confidence in the government of the prime minister Peter O'Neill.

The opposition leader, Don Polye, says the motion, which carries the signatures of 17 MPs, was submitted to the acting speaker, Aide Ganasi, in parliament today amidst the handing down of the budget.

It was moved by the deputy opposition leader, Sam Basil, and seconded by a former prime minister Sir Michael Somare.

An opposition motion, which was filed last week, was rejected by Mr Ganasi after it was ruled defective.

Mr Polye says he has been told this latest motion is in order and meets all technical requirements.

He has urged Mr O'Neill not to adjourn parliament to avoid the motion.

He has threatened legal proceedings if parliament is adjourned.


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