14 Jun 2011

PNG former Prime Minister calls on leaders to restore public confidence in parliament

3:26 pm on 14 June 2011

A former Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea is calling on the country's leaders to restore public confidence in parliament.

Sir Rabbie Namaliu's comment accompanies mounting criticism of the government's performance in the absence of the ailing current Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare.

The acting Prime Minister, Sam Abal, has yet to replace the two cabinet ministers he sacked despite their claims they were an integral part of government.

Sir Rabbie says parliamentary democracy in PNG is eroded.

"The fact that we have an acting Prime Minister should not really detract parliament from focusing on important pieces of legislation or focusing on matters of national importance. You know I was basically raising the issue so parliament and those in authority can review what's happened over the past year and restore public confidence in parliament as an institution."