10 Jul 2004

New twist in PNG opposition bid to oust PM

9:09 am on 10 July 2004

The Papua New Guinea Opposition's filed a Supreme Court reference to validate its motion of no-confidence against the Somare government - after a parliamentary committee rejected it.

The Post Courier newspaper reports that the Western Highlands Governor, Paias Wingti, who proposed the motion of no-confidence in Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare, filed the matter on Thursday, after the parliamentary Private Business Committee refused to consider it.

Opposition Leader Peter O'Neill confirmed the new twist in the Opposition's bid to oust Sir Michael, saying it's aimed at keeping the motion alive to dispose of it in the required constitutional and parliamentary process after seven days from Wednesday.

The Supreme Court reference was filed to determine whether the motion of no-confidence complied with standing orders of Parliament and with Section 145 of the Constitution.