Prime Minister, Peter O&rsquO’Neill and 50 other members of parliament today took time to observe the Repentance Day before proceeding to parliament for the August session.
In parliament, four MPs representing the four regions prayed and repented on behalf of their people.
Parliament was unintentionally adjourned to today in June when it last met and the Prime Minister and Speaker both acknowledged this coincidence.
The National Speaker of Parliament, Theo Zurenuoc, hosted a prayer luncheon today at the State Function Room where members of parliament including the Prime Minister, Peter O&rsquO’Neill, members of the Diplomatic Co, the clergy and others attended.
Prime Minister, Peter O&rsquO’Neill while addressing the luncheon, said as the nation enters 40 years nationhood, we need to come together in prayer, reflect and forgive each other and acknowledged the many blessing this nation has been bestowed with, and there was no better day to do it than today.
He also took the opportunity to thank the Christian Churches for their involvement in nation building and said his government will continue to strengthen this partnership.
He said despite opinion differences, leaders should work together for the good of this country.
He further said in the years to come, parliament should be scheduled so that the repentance day falls on a day when parliament is on.
The members then proceeded to the chambers for parliament sitting where it was opened with prayers from four members of parliament representing the four regions.
Lae MP, Loujaya Kouza prayed on behalf of the members and people of Mamose, Western Governor, Ati Wabiro represented the people of Southern Region, Mendi MP, De Kewanu prayed for and on behalf of the Highlands Region and only Opposition MP present and member for Rabaul, Dr Alan Marat prayed for members and people of Niugini Islands.
All asked the Lord for forgiveness and asked God’s forgiveness on the nation.
Parliament was then adjourned to tomorrow at 10 o’clock in the morning.
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