PNG’s parliament could become a farce as the Morauta opposition decided to boycott an unexpected parliamentary session due to start yesterday afternoon.
The opposition is protesting against the Somare government’s decision to recall Parliament early – a move described as illegal and in wilful disregard of the nation's laws.
It was expected several provincial governors and government backbenchers will join Sir Mekere Morauta’s protest.
Parliament’s was abruptly adjourned in July when the government appeared to be facing defeat in a no confidence vote. This sparked widespread outrage as it was deemed a deliberate violation of the constitution.
“The provision to recall parliament relates to situations of real emergency in the nation where there is imminent danger of war or natural disaster,” Sir Mekere said.
“But none of these exists in the country, so what is the real motive for the recall?”
He suggested there may be controversial legislation the government had secretly prepared and it needed to get backbenchers together to induce them to support it.
Following the premature adjournment of
the last sitting and payments of
The commission has done nothing and Sir Mekere says parliament should not sit until a deliberation is made.