BY SEAN DORNEY
PAPUA NEW GUINEA HAS TO WAIT another week to find out who is the country's legitimate prime minister after the supreme court adjourned a hearing into the case.
Peter O'Neill and Sir Michael Somare are both claiming to be the rightful prime minister, and Monday's directions hearing was supposed to set a timeline for the court to decide which claim is legitimate.
But the hearing was adjourned after 19 applications were filed by parties from both sides wanting to join the proceedings.
The courtroom was so packed with lawyers they had to move more tables into place so they would all fit.
The two police officers claiming to be PNG's police commissioner are among those who have applied to join the proceedings.
Sir Michael's lawyer asked for more time so he could prepare to agree or object to those applying.
Supreme court judge Bernard Sakora acknowledged that time, cost and delay were well recognised legal tactics.
The court has given all parties until Thursday to serve copies of their applications.