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Court rules in favour of PNG Opposition Leader Belden Namah

The Papua New Guinea  Supreme Court ruled this afternoon that Opposition Leader Belden Namah has standing to file the reference on the constitutionality of Prime Minister James Marape in Parliament last May.

PNG Opposition Leader Belden Namah 
Justice David Cannings handed down the ruling on behalf of Justices Dingake and Justice Berrigan.

The high court ruled it was satisfied that Mr Namah has sufficient interest in the matter and that the issues he raises in the reference are serious constitutional issues.

Mr Namah contends in the reference that the withdrawal of Peter O'Neill's nomination, the acceptance by the Speaker and the subsequent election of Mr Marape was unconstitutional, invalid and unlawful.

The court ruled Mr Namah is not a mere busybody with an improper motive.

The matter has been adjourned to Wednesday at 9.30am.

Meanwhile, the court house was closed to the public today. Only lawyers, media, and staff of the court house were allowed into the premises and court rooms.

FM 100 / PNG Today

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