2 Aug 2011

PNG Parliament resumes and status of Sir Michael Somare top of the agenda

3:22 pm on 2 August 2011

The report on the medical status of Papua New Guinea's prime minister Sir Michael Somare and outstanding bills concerning the newly created Jiwaka and Hela provinces are expected to take centre stage when Parliament resumes later this afternoon.

NBC news reports that the governor general, Sir Michael Ogio, has received the report and is expected to advise the speaker on whether it is necessary to appoint a new Prime Minister.

The report on Sir Michael's status was presented to the governor-general yesterday, after a decision by the national executive council last week.

Sir Michael has been in hospital in Singapore for more than three and a half months.

It's been reported that his personal physician, Sir Isi Tevau, believes the veteran leader is recovering.

But the governor general is to decide whether the PNG Medical Board should appoint another two physicians, to report back on Sir Michael's condition.