27 Jan 2004

PNG PM rejects criticism over 5 month adjournment of parliament

8:30 am on 27 January 2004

The prime minister of Papua New Guinea, Sir Michael Somare, has accused the Ombudsman Commission of grand-standing for its public criticism of a decision to adjourn parliament until the end of June.

The Chief Ombudsman, Ila Geno, described the 5-month adjournment as dangerous and a bad example of leaders going on a paid holiday.

The adjournment is seen as a move temporarily saving the government from having to deal with a threatened vote of no confidence when its grace period finishes next month.

The National newspaper quotes Sir Michael as saying if Mr Geno is not happy he should use the official line of communication instead of grandstanding through the media.

Sir Michael says MPs continue their work within parliamentary committees such as Public Accounts and Works Committees.