FORMER PRIME MINISTER Sir Michael Somare has lost a legal challenge in his battle to regain his seat in parliament, the ABC reports.
Earlier this month, the speaker of parliament disqualified Sir Michael as an MP for missing three consecutive sittings.
He went to the national court seeking an injunction against his disqualification while he challenged its legality.
The ABC’s PNG correspondent has reported that Justice Allen David has dismissed the application.
Justice David said many of the issues raised in Sir Michael's challenge were similar to those in another case before the Supreme Court.
That case is challenging the constitutionality of Sir Michael's removal from the prime minister's office last month.
Sir Michael's lawyer, Kerenga Kua, said the former prime minister will appeal the decision.
Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 20 September