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PNG Politics : Prime Minister Peter O'Neill's case on VoNC adjourned

A Supreme Court application this morning by Prime Minster Peter O'Neill, seeking to stay the parlimenatry process of receiving a new notice of motion for a vote of no confidence, has been adjourned.

The three men bench chaired by Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika ruled there was no urgency in the matter at this point as there is no new motion submitted yet.

They've adjourned to Friday this week.

This follows submissions by Mr O'Neill's Lawyer Tiffany Twivey this morning who still claims the first motion of no confidence submitted on May 7th is still valid, despite it's announced withdrawal.

Twivey told the court the matter was urgent assuming a new motion would be submitted when parliament meets at 2pm this afternoon.

She wanted the court to issue a stay on parliamentary processes pending the outcome of the substantive hearing questioning the legality or Constitutionality of the withdrawal of the first motion last week.

However the court says there is no urgency saying " the sky won't fall" and that it was only speculation and assumptions at this time of what would happen this week.

The stay application was made ex parte, but Twivey was not able to convince the judges.

Other parties who appeared in court were lawyers representing Opposition Leader Patrick Pruaitch, James Marape and the Parliament Speaker Job Pomat.

The adjournment also gives them time to prepare for the case.

NBC News/ PNG Today

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