17 May 2012

Bougainville president concerned about political instability in PNG

3:02 pm on 17 May 2012

The president of the Autonomous Province of Bougainville says the political instability in Papua New Guinea is a big concern and he expects strong voter interest in next month's election.

In December, the Supreme Court ruled the parliamentary removal of Sir Michael Somare as Prime Minister was illegal but the Peter O'Neill led government ignored the order that he be reinstated.

In 2001 after more than a decade of armed conflict, the Government of PNG and Bougainville leaders signed a peace agreement which provided for a referendum to be held between 2015 and 2020 on Bougainville's independence from PNG.

The president John Momis says it doesn't bode well for the province that leaders in PNG aren't respecting decisions of the judiciary and says people are worried.

"It means that people will not respect agreements but by the same token now that the elections people are hoping that the new batch of leaders at the national level will be more committed to rule of law and the principle of the separation of powers, which has been a little bit confused in recent times."

The president of the Autonomous Province of Bougainville John Momis.