Prime Minister Papua New Guinea survives another bid on him

Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister James Marape survived another attempt to dismiss him when the chair postponed parliament for four months, the Guardian reported and kept his position until the next election.

Malape was scheduled to face a motion of no confidence this week, but the government proposed a postponement of parliament because of the spread of COVID-19, and the chairman agreed to a four-month adjournment late Wednesday, the Guardian said. I reported.

The postponement will require Malape to retain its position until the next election in July 2022, as the constitution of a resource-rich country prohibits the dismissal of the prime minister within a year of the election.

A spokesman for the Prime Minister declined to comment.

Jonathan Pryke, director of the Pacific Islands program at the Lowy Institute, a Sydney-based think tank, said:

“The court is capricious, but if the postponement is passed, Malape is safe.”

Malape survived a motion of no confidence this year after the Supreme Court ruled that a bid to postpone voting in parliament was illegal.

Political jokes flutter as PNG suffers from a surge in COVID-19.

On Wednesday, it reported that the number of cases exceeded 10,000, a number that international experts say is very underestimating the size of the pandemic.

As PNG is working to increase infectious diseases, it also faces delays in vaccination programs that rely on supply from the global COVAX vaccine sharing scheme.

PNG, with a population of about 9 million, has launched a modest vaccination program with a small dose sent from Australia and placed more orders under the COVAX program aimed at vaccination in the countries in need. I put it out.

Colin pack ham