PNG extends government grace period

PNG extends government grace period

PNG extends government grace period

Updated 28 November 2012, 16:18 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's parliament has unanimously supported a proposed bill which could stop a possible change of government and bring in political stability.

More than one hundred MPs voted for the bill to extend the grace period in which a no confidence vote can be brought against a serving Prime Minister from 18 months to 30 months.

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill says it's intended to give ample time for his government and himself to be judged on their performance.

He says changes of governments in the past created political instability and Prime Ministers and Ministers were always looking at protecting their backs and not concentrating on governing the country.

PNG's Opposition Leader Belden Namah and his MPs all backed the motion.

He says it's good for the country to create political stability and that a 18 months grace period is not enough to judge a serving Prime Minister or their government.

Mr Namah says the law will benefit parliament and any leader of the country not just the O'Neill government.

"It is unjust and unfair to expect the government to prove its full potential withing 18 months," he said.