Dame Carol urges leaders to uphold Constitution

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The National, Friday 16th December 2011

Unlike the United Kingdom, the Constitution is supreme in Papua New Guinea, according to Moresby South MP Dame Carol Kidu.
She said the UK did not have a constitution and that was why parliament was supreme.
Dame Carol said as Minister for Community Development, she had met with secretary Joseph Klapat to complete her unfinished business in the department.
She admitted that the Supreme Court order had placed the Somare regime in a difficult situation for a minority government but the constitution must reign supreme.
“I do not want to go into parliament at this very tense situation,” Dame Carol said.
She also took offence with a newspaper report that she was comforted by Abau MP Sir Puka Temu at the Government House when the O’Neill regime forced its way through police barricades to access Government House.
“I got upset that people shouted me down that I did nothing in the last seven years. I will publish my achievements in the media,” she said.
Dame Carol said there was only one legitimate government.
“The Constitution is supreme, not the parliament. We are a young democracy and the mechanisms of the separation of powers are not fully understood,” she said.