Posts Tagged ‘Peter O’Neill’

Supreme Court judgement puts Papua New Guinea in crisis Comments 0

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

A Supreme Court decision has once again put Papua New Guinea in crisis. The court has again declared that the current government, led by Peter O’Neill, is illegal – this time on the eve of scheduled elections. Parliament has voted to declare a State of Emergency, and the Chief Justice has been arrested. The decision Read more

PNG – confusion about decision to defer the election Comments 0

Friday, April 13th, 2012

The Speaker of Parliament, Jeffery Nape, has called on the Electoral Commission to set new dates for the election that’s supposed to be held in June, even though the Prime Minister and the Electoral Commissioner now say the elections will go ahead as scheduled. On Tuesday a crowd variously reported to number 100’s to 10,000 people, including students, Read more

PNG Bishops condemn Judicial Conduct Bill Comments 1

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

The Catholic church expressed “disbelief and shock” after parliament yesterday passed the Judicial Conduct Bill 2012 into law. The law, introduced on Tuesday and passed three times by a vote of 63-7 on Wednesday, gave parliament the power to refer a judge to the governor-general who, in turn, must appoint a tribunal to investigate the Read more

Archbishop Ribat asks Michael Somare to resign Comments 0

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

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 Read more

Church leader says coalition solution to PNG impasse has broad support Comments 0

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

The Catholic Archbishop of Papua New Guinea says there is broad support for the churches’ call for a grand coalition to run the country until next year’s elections as a way to resolve the PNG impasse.

The churches suggested the grand coalition on last Thursday as the two groups claiming they have the right to run the government remain at loggerheads.

Archbishop John Ribat says they envisage all politicians working together with no opposition.

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PNG Crisis – Churches call on leaders to talk Comments 0

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Papua New Guinea church leaders called on Thursday for a “grand coalition” to end the PNG crisis. Such a coalition would be a “Melanesian way” of solving what appears to be an intractable crisis with both Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare and his opponent Peter O’Neill refusing to back down. “If they are to release Read more

PNG’s PM plans religious affairs ministry Comments 0

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says a new ministry will be created to be responsible for religious affairs.
During the launching of a new church building project at the Korobosea Seventh-Day Adventist church in the National Capital District, he said the government and churches must have a good and close working partnership so that they could efficiently deliver services to the people.

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O’Neill wants more foreign missionaries for PNG Comments 0

Friday, November 11th, 2011

The prime minister of Papua New Guinea, Peter O’Neill, wants more foreign missionaries in the country. He said a government/church partnership in service delivery would deliver a lot of benefits to the people. O’Neill told the Vatican’s Nuncio to PNG that churches have contributed enormously to the country by delivering services to remote areas that Read more