Namah calls for PNG to remove PM
Port Moresby: The Papua New Guinea opposition MP who launched the successful challenge to the Manus Island asylum-seeker detention centre has called for the removal of the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.
In 2014, the then opposition leader Belden Namah challenged the deal between Australia and PNG to open the Manus centre for offshore processing of asylum-seekers who had tried to reach Australia. PNG’s Supreme Court last month ruled that the Manus arrangement was illegal. Mr Namah said the ruling nearly three weeks ago showed that Mr O’Neill attempted to vandalise and compromise PNG’s constitution to serve the policy interests of a foreign government. While the prime minister declared following the ruling that the centre would be closed, the governments of PNG and Australia have yet to settle on what to do with the asylum-seekers and refugees still on Manus. Mr Namah said he was giving the PNG and Australian governments three months to close down the facility. Furthermore, he has called on Mr O’Neill to resign due to what he describes as mounting governance and economic crises.