24 Jan 2013

PNG opposition to withdraw support for parliament grace period extension

7:22 pm on 24 January 2013

Papua New Guinea's opposition has signalled that it will withdraw support for an extension of a ban on votes of no-confidence in parliament.

The law, which will extend the so-called "grace period" on votes of no-confidence from 18 months to 30 months after a government is elected, passed the first of two votes in November.

The opposition voted in favour of the law at the time.

The Opposition leader Belden Namah says he is also talking with other parties and independents, and asking them not to support the extension, saying the government is putting the nation at risk.

Mr Namah says PNG is fast becoming a banana republic.

The grace period extension is scheduled for a second vote on February 5.