Pomat resigns from PNC

He said his decision to leave the party was to protect the neutrality of the Office of the Speaker.

He still remains as the speaker but as an independent candidate.

The speaker had been accused on social media over fraud allegations made against his office.

During Parliament sitting earlier this month, he announced that he is willing to step aside if investigations are conducted into his office.

Court: Removal of masks and totem pole unlawful

Justice David Cannings delivered the decision of the Human Rights proceeding filed in 2014 by Grand Chief Sir Michal Somare and the managing director of the Papua New Guinea National Museum and Art Gallery, Dr. Andrew Moutu.

The court found that the action by Parliament Speaker Theo Zurenuoc to restore, reform and modernise the parliament house was unlawful as it infringed on section 45 of the constitution and section 9 of the national cultural property.