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Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill explained Thursday that nobody is stopping the vote of no confidence motion as reported widely this week.
O’Neill explained that there were issues surrounding the legality of the motion, hence, the government is seeking of the courts for clear directions.
“Parliament as you know, in 2016, the court ruling directed Parliament to sit on a specific day to take on a specific motion nominating a specific person,” he said.
“Those instructions are directions by a court order to Parliament. We feel that it’s in contradiction to the separation of powers, meaning that the Parliament, the Executive and the Judiciary, has got separate powers, they cannot direct each other especially the functions of those,” O’Neill said. “So those are some of the questions that are being now at the references that the former Attorney General Steven Davis submitted to the courts.
“Those are now before the courts and we are seeking the court’s directions as to what rules to follow when the motion comes on the floor and to clearly establish those particular rulings because there’s a lot of contradictions. It contradicts the invitation by the Governor- General to form government, to the party that’s got the highest number of members of parliament.
“So all these are very unclear, that is why we are now getting the Attorney-General to seek interpretation.
“Nobody is stopping any motion whatsoever, but making sure that the guidelines for such a motion must be clearly established.”
Meanwhile, the PNG Courts did not grant stay on Vote of no confidence today. The matter has been adjourned to 22 May.
SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS
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