28 Jul 2004

PNG Opposition says it will maintain Parliamentary boycott over actions of Speaker

1:41 pm on 28 July 2004

Papua New Guinea opposition MPs have vowed to continue their boycott of parliament until the Speaker of the House, Jeffery Nape, recognises their right to choose where they will sit.

Opposition leader, Peter O'Neill, and thirty-six other MPs made this clear when they gathered outside the chamber yesterday.

The Post-Courier newspaper quotes Mr O'Neill as saying the MPs were disappointed by Mr Nape's attempt to get MPs in the opposition to sit in the Government ranks.

He then called on the Speaker and the prime minister to respect member's wishes.

He said opposition MPs were not prepared to return to the House "until the Speaker and the Prime Minister come to their senses."