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Papua New Guinea

Supreme Court refuses stay application against the VoNC motion

BY DAPHNE WANI

A three men bench of the Supreme Court this afternoon refused the urgent application filed by lawyers for the Attorney General Alfred Manase to stay the motion of no confidence.

This follows an unsuccessful attempt by lawyers Queens Counsel Terence Griffin, and Tiffany Twivey from Twivey Lawyers requesting an adjournment of the stay application to next Wednesday, May 29.

Parliament was to commence sitting on Tuesday May 28.

The application appear to have no utility as there was no motion of no confidence in place.

In a twist, while the stay application was on foot,  the Opposition withdraw the motion of no confidence on Monday May 20, with its nominee Hon James Marape also withdrawing as the Prime Ministerial nominee and that the caucus would choose another nominee.

Mr Griffin submitted that there were reasons for his client (Attorney General) to believe that a fresh notice of motion by the opposition may be filed to move a move of no confidence.

Meanwhile the Opposition has also been given the green light to file a motion of Vote of No confidence against Peter O’Neill as Prime Minister whenever they wish following the Supreme Court ruling handed down today.

The high court ruled that there were no prejudices against the referrer of the Special reference on VoNC,  Attorney General Alfred Manase.

The Supreme Court reference was initially filed by then Attorney General Davis Steven who has since resigned as Minister.

—read details in the Post Courier tomorrow

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