12 Dec '11, 10am

Supreme Court rules PNG government illegal: SYDNEY: Veteran leader Sir Michael Somare was reinstated as Papua Ne...

Supreme Court rules PNG government illegal: SYDNEY: Veteran leader Sir Michael Somare was reinstated as Papua Ne...

SYDNEY: Veteran leader Sir Michael Somare was reinstated as Papua New Guinea's prime minister on Monday when the Supreme Court ruled the election of Peter O'Neill was unconstitutional, reports said. In a narrow 3-2 decision, Australian Associated Press said the court found there was no vacancy in the office of prime minister on August 2 when O'Neill took office, and rendered the decision illegal. "Sir Michael Somare is to be restored to the office of prime minister forthwith," the full bench of the court ruled. Somare, 76, had been in Singapore undergoing heart surgery when he was deposed by a majority vote of lawmakers after they ruled the premiership vacant due to his prolonged absence because of illness. At the outset of judgments being read, Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia indicated contempt charges will be brought against O'Neill and his lawyer Philip Ame, AAP reported...

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