26 Jul 2004

PNG Prime Minister says Ombudsman role to advise but Parliament is supreme

3:02 pm on 26 July 2004

The Papua New Guinea prime minister has again rejected claims by the ombudsman that parliament has not complied with the constitution.

Parliament will open today for two weeks but the ombudsman says this will not be enough for it to complete the number of sitting days required in a 12 month period.

But Sir Michael Somare says the sittings of parliament are outside the powers of the ombudsman.

"Ombudsman has got his duty but Parliament is supreme in our constitution. Parliament is the supreme body and the Ombudsman can advise but the Parliament determines what it does with itself"

Sir Michael Somare