BY LIAM FOX
AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION
PAPUA NEW GUINEA'S GOVERNMENT has threatened to arrest the judges who ordered the reinstatement of Sir Michael Somare as Prime Minister.
Deputy prime minister Belden Namah threatened to arrest the three judges involved "for sedition" unless they resign.
Prime minister Peter O'Neill said Somare has no mandate to retake the PM role.
He said the judges are biased and have no right under the PNG constitution to order Somare’s reinstatement.
O’Neill rejected the suggestion he stand aside to allow Somare a caretaker role before next month’s general election.
"Why should we do that when we are heading towards an election...which takes place in six weeks time, when he has absolutely no mandate on the floor of parliament," O'Neill told the ABC.
Mr O'Neill earlier said the court had overstepped the separation of powers, and said he will not respect its decision.
"It has become apparent the Supreme Court has made decisions to try and create a chaotic situation in the country," he said.
"If the Supreme Court and members of the bench cared about the stability of the country, this should have been handed down after the elections and the election of a new government."