PNG’s parliament resumes amid tension

Papua New Guinea’s parliament resumes today, amid the crisis which still sees 2 men claiming to be Prime Minister.Peter O’Neill has declared that his government, backed by 75 MPs, has seized control of official offices as well as the police hierarchy.His rival, Sir Michael Somare, maintains he is the Prime Minister, and has issued court documents seeking for his candidate to be named the police commissioner.Mr O’Neill’s parliament today hopes to pass several key pieces of legislation, including next year’s budget, and the law to create 22 women-only seats before next year’s election.However, that law can only be passed with 83 votes in the house, meaning Sir Michael’s camp will have to be in parliament to support it.

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