Papua New Guinea: PNG women MPs defer support for reserved seats

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Papua New Guinea: PNG women MPs defer support for reserved seats

Papua New Guinea’s three women MPs have ruled out supporting legislation for reserved seats for women.

And a prominent supporter of the legislation says the debate over women’s seats may have served its purpose.

Megan Whelan has more.

Last year, parliament passed a bill to set up 22 reserved seats for women, but enabling legislation was not passed in time for this year’s election, in which three women were elected to the 111 seat parliament.

The matter is still listed on Parliament’s notice paper, and the government would have to specifically request it be removed.

Our correspondent in Papua New Guinea, Oseah Philemon, says talk about reserved seats has quieted down since the July election.

Read more at Radio New Zealand International, published 22 November 2012.

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