Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Parliamentary chaos as Papua New Guinea Governor-General sworn in


Chaos has reigned in Papua New Guinea's parliament during a ceremony to swear in the Governor-General.
Parliament resumed to swear-in Sir Paulias Matane for his second consecutive term as Governor-General, but before that could happen, the opposition called for a vote to defer the ceremony.
It believes the process to re-appoint Sir Paulias was flawed.
As foreign dignitaries looked on from the gallery, MPs hurled abuse across the floor of parliament.
After a lengthy discussion with the clerk the deputy speaker allowed the vote to precede - and it was lost 42 to 59.
The opposition leader and his deputy then left the chamber in protest while Sir Paulias was sworn in as PNG's head of state.


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