27 Apr 2004

PNG parliament to sit briefly

3:34 pm on 27 April 2004

The Papua New Guinea parliament is scheduled to sit today to begin the process of electing the next governor-general.

When parliament resumes, the Acting Speaker Jeffrey Nape is to announce that nominations for the election of the vice-regal post is open and he is then expected to adjourn the house until May the 3rd.

The adjournment will allow ministers and dignitaries to attend funerals for Sir Anthony Siaguru and Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara.

Meanwhile the Clerk of Parliament, Ano Pala, has said as of yesterday there was no notice of a no-confidence motion against the Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare, despite rumours that he was facing growing opposition.

The National newspaper has reported that governors Tim Neville and Paias Wingti are behind a no-confidence move but there has been no official word yet.

There have also been reports that the Deputy Prime Minister, Moses Maladina, was to challenge Sir Michael but he has strongly denied that.