15 Dec 2003

PNG opposition leader advised to take bill challenge to supreme court

5:07 pm on 15 December 2003

Papua New Guinea's national court has told the opposition leader, Sir Mekere Morauta, to go to the supreme court to challenge a controversial bill on the government's extension of the grace period.

The prime minister, Sir Michael Somare, has twice failed to get the amendment passed that would have doubled the grace period from eighteen months to three years.

According to the National newspaper, Sir Mekere claims that after the two defeats the bill can no longer be introduced.

Justice Ambeng Kandakasi at the national court says it cannot deal with constitutional matters and the case has to go to the supreme court.