18 Jul 2013

First reading of proposed amendments to PNG's constitution passes

4:38 am on 18 July 2013

Papua New Guinea's parliamentarians have passed the first reading of controversial legislation on proposed constitutional amendments related to parliament.

The amendments proposed by Prime Minister Peter O'Neill would reduce the minimum number of parliamentary sitting days from 63 to 40, and force details of a planned vote of no confidence to be made public three months before any vote is held.

The opposition has labelled the amendments a violation of a very significant law of the constitution.