Peter O'Neill

Legality of PM’s arrest warrant not reviewable

Justice Collin Makail today said the subject of the case, the arrest warrant, was not reviewable and was an abuse of the court process.

In dismissing the judicial review, he said the criminal process and procedures should not be stopped by a civil court or proceeding.

He said the criminal process is about fairness and must ensure it is heard in a reasonable time and no miscarriage of justice.

​Momis congratulates O’Neill

In his letter, President Momis emphasised the need for continued cooperation and for both governments to work together to jointly address challenges. 

His letter emphasised the need for continued close engagement in relation to the forthcoming referendum, and the importance of ensuring that autonomy arrangements work effectively.

“The formation of the tenth Parliament of Papua New Guinea will play an important role in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville’s drive towards self-determination,” Momis told PM Peter O’Neill.

Central LOs condemn Duma’s appointment

In a statement, Gabadi-Manumanu Land Committee chairman, John Daroa, said: “This is because William Duma is under investigation in the controversial Manumanu land deal in Kairuku district while he was the minister for public enterprise and state investments in the last government.

“The outcome of the investigation by the police fraud squad, administrative inquiry and Ombudsman Commission is yet to be made public.”

PM appoints Caretaker Cabinet

By virtue of the powers conferred by Section 148 of the Constitution, O’Neill appointed an eight men cabinet for a period of two weeks.

The eight including himself will run the affairs of the country before the first parliament sitting.

The eight include:

O'Neill sworn in

O'Neill was formally sworn in at 3:56pm by Governor-General Sir Bob Dadae.

This follows his election, 60-46, by parliament moments earlier.

Present to witness was New Ireland Governor Sir Julius Chan, Western Highlands Governor, Paias Wingti, and several returning and new MPs.

Also present was his wife, Lynda Babao-O'Neill, who was emotional and embraced her husband before formalities.

A brief toast to end the formalities was followed by a chat with guests before Sir Dadae departed.

O'Neill is on his way to Parliament.

O'Neill elected as PM

The leader of the People's National Congress Party was nominated by Abau MP, Sir Puka Temu.

O'Neill was returned to the PM’s post with 60-46 votes.  

Parliament is now in recess as the PM-elect will go to Government House for Governor-General Sir Bob Dadae to swear him into office.

Speaker Job Pomat invited the People's National Congress Party, on advice of the Governor-General, to nominate a person for the Prime Minister's position.

Court refuses to restrain O'Neill

Runner-up in the Ialibu-Pangia seat, Stanley Liria, filed an urgent application to restrain O'Neill from making declaration of loyalty and taking office in Parliament tomorrow.

He alleges that he was denied his constitutional rights, saying polling was conducted on Sunday.

The application was refused and dismissed because the court saw that the primary issue - Sunday polling - that was raised by Liria in this National Court case is the same issue he had earlier raised in the Supreme Court.

Liria asks court to restrain O'Neill

He filed an application on Monday afternoon seeking interim orders to restrain O'Neill from taking office, alleging there was an infringement in the constitution when polling was conducted in the electorate on a Sunday.

The urgent application came before court this morning.

Substantively, Liria is asking the court to declare that the public declaration of Peter O'Neill was unconstitutional.

O’Neill confident of numbers

O’Neill arrived late today into Alotau along with other three MPs.

This brings the total number of MPs in the Alotau camp to 54.

Those who arrived include John Pundari, MP for Kompiam Ambum, William Duma, Hagen MP and Lagaip Porgera MP elect Tomait Kapili.

Accompanying them was also Nick Kuman whose Gumini Open seat declaration is yet to be confirmed.

O'Neill in a short media briefing said his team is confident in forming the next government.

O’Neill: Arore's actions not PNC-endorsed

Outgoing Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said this in a press conference at Government House yesterday afternoon, after he was asked to comment on an incident at the Tropicair terminal involving the former MP.

He was asked if the PNC condoned violence and approved of the use of armed policemen to force newly declared politicians to join their camp.