No-confidence motion grace period bill passes first reading in PNG parliament

Updated at 7:48 pm on 28 November 2012

Papua New Guinea's parliament has given unanimous support to extend the grace period before a vote of no confidence can be held from 18 to 30 months after an election.

The bill passed the first of two votes in parliament on Tuesday by 102 to nil after Prime Minister Peter O'Neill secured the support of the opposition.

The extension of the grace period, aimed at stabilising PNG's often rocky politics, will become law if it passes a second vote scheduled for February the 5th.

Mr O'Neill blames the constant shifting of parliamentary loyalty for the decline of many of the health and social indicators and the appalling state of PNG's infrastructure.

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