CHRISTINE STEWART | Outrigger Blog | Excerpt
WHEN PAPUA NEW GUINEA’s new government was first installed in 2011, it had gained widespread support.
The PNG public was largely fed up with the entrenchment of the Somare-led government for nearly two terms of parliament, secure in the protection of OLIPPAC which had prevented any MP from voting against his party on any matter whatsoever, including a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister.
But events early in 2012 saw this support start to dissipate. There seemed to be no remaining constitutional checks on Parliament.
Twice, the Supreme Court constitutional rulings had been ignored with impunity. How could this parliament be controlled or eliminated? The new government had only a few months left to hold office before fresh elections were scheduled. But some in government were even starting to threaten to defer these elections.