New no confidence motion in PNG

7:01 pm on 3 November 2015

Papua New Guinea's opposition has resubmitted a motion of no confidence in the government of the prime minister Peter O'Neill.

Papua New Guinea's parliament.

Papua New Guinea's parliament. Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades

The opposition leader, Don Polye, says the motion, which carries the signatures of 17 MPs, was submitted to the acting speaker, Aide Ganasi, in parliament today amidst the handing down of the budget.

It was moved by the deputy opposition leader, Sam Basil, and seconded by a former prime minister Sir Michael Somare.

An opposition motion, which was filed last week, was rejected by Mr Ganasi after it was ruled defective.

Mr Polye says he has been told this latest motion is in order and meets all technical requirements.

He has urged Mr O'Neill not to adjourn parliament to avoid the motion.

He has threatened legal proceedings if parliament is adjourned.

Papua New Guinea flag.

Papua New Guinea flag. Photo: supplied