6 Sep 2012

PNG Opposition Leader says parliamentary adjournment a bad precedent

7:10 pm on 6 September 2012

Papua New Guinea's opposition leader Belden Namah has criticised the government for adjourning the new parliamentary sitting until to next month just two days after it opened.

The newspaper, The National, reports Mr Namah as saying very few MPs have been given the opportunity for speeches or debate.

The new Speaker, Theo Zurenuoc, and Finance Minister and Leader of Government Business James Marape have been blamed for adjourning parliament prematurely, with Mr Namah calling it a bad precedent for the new term.

He says the governnment is trying to gag the opposition especially at a time when there are issues of importance that need to be addressed immediately.