By ABC PNG correspondent Liam Fox
A session of Papua New Guinea’s parliament has ended with an extraordinary outburst by prime minister Sir Michael Somare, who threatened to kill an opponent.
After a ceremony in parliament to swear in the governor-general, the leader of government business moved to suspend parliament until November 16.
When the speaker called for ‘ayes’ and ‘no’s’, the no’s were noticeably louder.
But the speaker said “the ayes have it” and adjourned parliament without calling for a division to count the numbers.
As members were leaving the house, Sir Michael walked towards the opposition benches, pointed at MP Sam Basil and yelled in pidgin: “I’m going to kill you outside”.
Only hours earlier the opposition gave the speaker notice for a motion of no confidence in Sir Michael.