PNG Opposition To Challenge Sudden Adjournment Of Parliament In Court

Polye says adjournment shows PM is hiding from student protests, vote of no-confidence

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, June 14, 2016) – The Opposition will pursue a Supreme Court challenge to recall Parliament after it was 'abruptly' adjourned to August 02.

The Opposition Leader Don Pomb Polye said the sudden adjournment of Parliament to August 02 showed that the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and his MPs were deliberately running away from the student unrest, notice of a vote of no-confidence and other national issues.

Mr Polye added that these issues lay within their mandate to find solutions to them, saying therefore, the Opposition was very vehement on this.

“We will address it by way of a court application where we would like to see an urgent ruling given by the Supreme Court within the next space of five weeks as July 27th will see the lapse of Grace period which means the motion of no-confidence will become illegal and irrelevant.

“But it is unfortunate because if it does become irrelevant and illegal, it will be a breach of the Constitution as that process has not been completed. Therefore, it is very important that the Supreme Court rules immediately to have it addressed within the next six weeks.

“It is very important that we would like to ask the Chief Justice and systems of Judiciary to take note of this. It has become a national issue when the students are shot,” he said.

Polye said they were forecasting an escalation of what ‘we have seen yesterday under a very rogue police regime, which the students have stood up against what is wrong.’

“The only way to release the pressure or to open the valve so that the pressure is diffused is by way of a vote of no-confidence against the Prime Minister. We will file it tomorrow in court. The court should make a decision to diffuse the pressure that is building up,” said Polye.

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