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The Supreme Court in Waigani has ruled that Patrick Pruaitch has mandate as Leader of the Opposition to question the election of James Marape as Papua New Guinea prime minister.
Marape was elected by Parliament in late May.
Pruaitch had filed a Special Supreme Court Reference, questioning if the election of Marape was according to the laws and procedures of electing a prime minister.
He wants the high court to interpret Sections 50, 59, 108, 142 and 158 subsection 2 of the Constitution which relate to the election of the prime minister.
A full bench of the Supreme Court, comprising the Chief Justice, Sir Gibbs Salika, and Justices Elenas Batari and Oagile Dingake decided Thursday that Pruaitch has the right to question the election.
Hearing of the case is now set for 20 September..
SOURCE: NBC NEWS PNG/PACNEWS
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