21 Jan 2004

PNG Opposition says a further vote on confidence bill would be an abuse of process

4:38 pm on 21 January 2004

The acting Opposition leader in Papua New Guinea, Mathew Siune, has told Parliament that the controversial amendment to extend the period before votes of no confidence can be conducted, is dead.

He says Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare should resign instead of re-tabling the bill.

The Post Courier reports that Mr Siune says it cannot be revived in this session.

He says if the government wants to revive the bill it must gazette it again, have a first vote, wait the required two months, then have a second vote.

The Government failed to secure the necessary support on the second vote last September and then again in November.

Mr Siune says it is an abuse of process to bring it on again.