16 Nov 2010

PNG government confident as challenge looms in parliament

4:19 pm on 16 November 2010

Papua New Guinea's coalition government appears confident of beating a looming vote of no-confidence mooted by the opposition during this session of parliament.

Both the Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare, and his deputy Don Polye are out of the country attending to international commitments while the opposition is lobbying for numbers to move the vote this week.

Sir Michael and Mr Polye will return for the budget session tomorrow [wed] and face a possible vote this week.

However, the newspaper, The National, quotes sources as saying the government will adjourn parliament straight after the Finance Minister presents his first supplementary and 2011 budgets.