PNG Opposition looking to return to parliament

5:43 pm on 30 November 2020

Papua New Guinea's opposition has arrived back in the capital of Port Moresby hoping to return to parliament this week.

Opposition MPs had been camped out in Vanimo, preparing to bring a vote of no-confidence against Prime Minister James Marape, who recently lost his majority.

Papua New Guinea's parliament.

Papua New Guinea's parliament. Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades

However when parliament is to next sit is subject to a Supreme Court challenge by the Opposition over the sitting two weeks ago when government adjourned the house until April.

The Opposition took action after parliament's Speaker overrode his deputy's earlier move to entertain their move to adjourn parliament to 1 December.

The Leader of the Opposition, Belden Namah, said he welcomed last week's decision by the court to dismiss a separate challenge to the legality of Marape's election as prime minister.

"Now that the Supreme Court has made a very clear ruling that in the democratic Westminster system of government, the majority rules, we will do the right thing by our people and by the court decisions that has just come out, Camp Vanimo will prepare to go into parliament on Tuesday the 1st of December."

But Marape warned the opposition not try and force their way into parliament while the matter is before court.

"We're hearing rumours that they want to be strong, big boys and push their way into parliament," Marape said.,

"If you act like big boys then big boys are also on this side, we'll have big boys too. Let's respect the process of law and allow the law to take its course."

The Alotau MP, Charles Abel, has said he and other Opposition MPs will follow the court's direction when it delivers it ruling.