27 Oct 2015

PNG parliament to resume - no confidence vote possible

12:08 pm on 27 October 2015
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Photo: RNZI / Koro Vaka'uta

Papua New Guineans expect a vote of no confidence motion in Prime Minister Peter O'Neill this afternoon when Parliament convenes.

The Post Courier newspaper reports that this has been the hot topic sweeping the PNG media in recent days.

The Opposition has claimed it has 11 signatures for the motion, and in recent weeks has said its support is growing, though it would need 56 votes to remove Mr O'Neill.

The Opposition Leader Don Polye says the country faces a profound recession and the Government is not addressing it correctly.

The paper reports that as of late last evening the Office of the Speaker had not received any notice of a vote from the Opposition.

If a vote was to happen there would be at least a week before it got to the floor of parliament.

On Monday, police stopped a planned protest against the Government at Unagi Oval.