Archbishop Ribat asks Michael Somare to resign

Archbishop Ribat, The Catholic Archbishop of Papua New Guinea, has called on Michael Somare to resign from politics so as to avoid a repeat of last week’s political tension. Archbishop Ribat says while the Catholic Church recognises that the Supreme Court ruled Sir Michael Somare be reinstated, it wants him to end the fight to get back into office.

“In all respect to him, we want him to resign,” Archbishop Ribat said.

A constitutional law expert says Mr O’Neill has breached the constitution despite winning the support of the governor-general and a majority of MPs to end a week-long political crisis.

Dr Tony Regan, from the Australian National University, says Sir Michael does have a case under PNG’s constitution. Yet even if Sir Michael wins, it is unlikely to get him back into office.


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