Thursday, January 19, 2012

O’Neill tells Grand Chief to stay out of Parliament sessions

Source: Home News, Post Courier, January 19, 2012
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has warned that he will instruct police to arrest Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare if he walks into the chambers again.
Mr O’Neill said this yesterday during his press conference at the State function room in parliament while responding to actions of Grand Chief Sir Michael and his team who stunned Parliament by walking in with a petition brandishing last month’s order by the Supreme Court for his reinstatement both as the prime minister and as a member of parliament.
“I will instruct the police to arrest him if he enters the chambers again,” Mr O’Neill said. He was responding
to questions raised on what he was going to do today if Grand Chief Sir Michael walks into the chamber again today.
But Sir Michael’s regime yesterday said they were ready for another day today and will not be moved by the threat to get police on them.
They are still adamant that they followed parliament procedures by petitioning the Acting Speaker yesterday with the court order so that parliament could comply and the Speaker should enforce the December 12, 2011 Supreme Court decision allowing them a seat in the chambers.
“The Court basically states - Court Order no. 3: The National Court has exclusive jurisdiction as to whether the seat of a member has become vacant; Court Order no. 4: The Speaker’s decision of 6th September 2011 to declare that Sir Michael Somare had lost his seat was in breach of the Constitution ss 104 (2) (d); s 135; and ss 28 and 229 of the Organic Law
on National and Local Level Government Elections; and Court Order no. 6: The Hon Sir Michael Somare is restored to office as Prime Minister forthwith.”

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