5 Sep 2011

Somare and O'Neill expected in PNG parliament tomorrow

2:14 pm on 5 September 2011

Both Papua New Guinea's recently ousted prime minister Sir Michael Somare and his replacement Peter O'Neill will be in parliament tomorrow.

Sir Michael has been in Singapore receiving medical treatment for the past five months but has returned to Port Moresby in a bid to regain his position.

Annell Husband reports.

"A month ago, Sir Michael was replaced after the Prime Minister's office was declared vacant. The legality of the action, based on the claim that Sir Michael missed three consecutive sittings of parliament, is being challenged in the courts. Sir Michael has issued a statement declaring he is still the prime minister and intends completing his term. His spokesperson says Sir Michael's not well enough to speak to media but will attend parliament tomorrow in order not to miss a third sitting and lose his seat. Contrary to reports Sir Michael will remain in PNG until required to return to Singapore for a medical review. It's not known whether Mr O'Neill will attend this week's Pacific Islands Forum leaders meeting in Auckland."