Parliament To Resume Tomorrow

Parliament will resume tomorrow at 2 o’clock in the afternoon after going into recess for two months.

A lunch hour prayer session will precede the session at the State Function Room to commemorate the National Repentance Day, a gazetted public holiday to be observed tomorrow.


While the public have raised concerns of parliament reconvening on a gazetted public holiday, Leader of Government Business, James Marape, said there is nothing wrong with having parliament session on a public holiday and said parliament would resume as normal tomorrow.


He said the day’s activities will start with a lunch hour prayer session, to be hosted by the speaker at the State Function Room, before all members will proceed to the chambers for the session.


This session of parliament, which will run for the next couple of weeks, will see the government bringing forward important legislations and amendments by its ministers.


Minister Marape said tomorrow’s sitting will be brief and will just be an opening of this month’s sessions.


He said he will call for adjournment after the speaker formally opens the session and not much is expected to take place tomorrow.


He also said the two members of the opposition who defected to government benches will also be given a seat in the government benches when parliament reconvenes.


Parliament was adjourned on the 24th of August for reasons that certain important government legislations were not ready to be passed, and that the nation was hosting the 5th Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture.

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