3 Aug 2009

Warning of unrest in PNG over thwarting of parliament

2:24 pm on 3 August 2009

There are calls for the Papua New Guinea government to reconvene parliament or risk civil unrest and the loss of foreign investment.

The call from non-government organisations, unions and women's groups follows a vote to adjourn parliament until November, which was taken last week when the opposition was about to table a motion of no confidence in the government.

Jonathan O'ata, the chairman of the NGO group, Voices for Justice and Governments, says there is public anger at the adjournment and other government actions and a high risk that people may take the law into their own hands.

"People's participation in trying to determine the outcome of these projects and have a say in it has been suppressed by a dictatorial leadership. It has not represented our interests and people all over the streets, all around the country are crying foul."

Jonathan O'ata says NGOs are trying to harness public feeling into a peaceful show of dissatisfaction with the government.