19 Jan 2012

PNG's Somare ejected from Parliament sitting

8:14 am on 19 January 2012

There have been rowdy scenes in Papua New Guinea's Parliament a day after the Supreme Court was again asked to determine who is the country's legitimate prime minister.

PNG has slipped into a protracted crisis with the Peter O'Neill-led government holding key positions in the face of Sir Michael Somare claiming to be the legitimate prime minister based on last December's supreme court ruling.

Sir Michael and several of his supporters appeared in the chamber on Wednesday and called on the deputy speaker to give him a seat.

The ABC reports he was brandishing the court orders for his reinstatement as leader and as an MP.

But the deputy speaker said he stood by Parliament's decision to eject Sir Michael and told him to leave the chamber.

Supporters of Sir Michael's opponent, Peter O'Neill, shouted "Stranger" and "Get out" before Parliament was adjourned.