22 Mar 2004

PNG parliament recall linked to governor general appointment

4:02 pm on 22 March 2004

The prime minister of Papua New Guinea, Sir Michael Somare, says he will recall parliament once the court decides the governor-general's case.

Sir Michael had been told by the ombudsman's commission that he risked court proceedings because he had adjourned parliament in January for more than five months.

The ombudsman's commission said the length of the adjournment was unconstitutional.

Sir Michael has rejected the demand and says he'll recall the house once the governor general's case has been resolved.

Sir Pato Kakaraya's election is being challenged and once the court has given its ruling, the new queen's representative will have to be sworn in.

The opposition leader, Sir Mekere Morauta, says the recall of parliament is not linked to such an event and the house should meet.