22 May 2012

Somare unlikely to change PNG laws before June polls

6:32 pm on 22 May 2012

A member of Sir Michael Somare's rival government in Papua New Guinea says its new caretaker administration is unlikely to change controversial legislation brought in by the Peter O'Neill government.

Mr O'Neill's administration was declared illegal, with the Supreme Court on Monday reiterating its December ruling that Sir Michael was the country's legitimate leader.

Mr O'Neill has called the decision corrupt and biased and says his administration will ignore the ruling.

His attempt to call parliament today failed.

Sir Michael is now forming his administration to see the country through to the June elections.

But Sir Arnold Amet says any changes to legislation would be difficult ahead of the poll.

"It is really a caretaker regime, just to keep the country stable and manage the elections that have begun - the process having begun. So any major decisions really have to wait the new house being elected and the new government being formed."