12 Jan 2011

PNG Opposition fails in no confidence motion bid

8:17 am on 12 January 2011

The opposition in Papua New Guinea has failed in its bid to put a motion of no confidence before the parliament.

Parliament has agreed that a vote for the position of governor general will take place on Friday.

Nominations for the position have now opened and will close on Wednesday afternoon.

Our correspondent Alex Rheeney says the opposition tried unsuccessfully to use the parliamentary session to put forward the no confidence motion.

"That did not eventuate the leader of government business moved for parliament to be adjourned to Friday and the government were able to use their numbers and voted for the house to be adjourned until Friday. So the opposition did not actually get the opportunity to get the speaker to entertain other business in which the vote of no confidence motion could have been discussed."

Alex Rheeney says the opposition has indicated it will try again to put a motion of confidence on Friday but it is unlikely to have the numbers for it to be successful.