16 Nov 2010

PNG govt expected to sidestep possible motion of no-confidence

8:16 pm on 16 November 2010

Papua New Guinea's parliament has resumed following a four month break with the government confident of beating a looming vote of no-confidence by the opposition during this session.

Both the Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare, and his deputy Don Polye have been out of the country and are returning for the budget session.

The opposition has been lobbying for numbers to move the vote of no-confidence this week.

The last session of Parliament ended acrimoniously in July when the Speaker adjourned the body just one day into the sitting to ensure that the Opposition could not place a motion for a vote of no confidence.

However, our correspondent Jonathan Tannos says that with the government's priority being to pass the supplementary and 2011 budgets, a vote is unlikely happen.

"And if it (the motion of no-confidence) coincides with the budget, the budget takes priority. And if they're going to deal with the budget first, the government is in a position to just adjourn parliament after the passage of the bidget so where does that leave the motion for a vote of no-confidence in the Prime Minister."

Jonathan Tannos