Bid to oust GovtJuly 27 2009 at 1:01 PM
Bid to oust Govt
Opposition mustering numbers to throw out NA-led govt
By GORETHY KENNETH.
THE OPPOSTION is making a bid to overthrow the current National Alliance-led Government.
When confirming the Oppositions manoeuvre, a key government tactician said last night moves to overthrow the Government on the floor of Parliament were being watched very, very carefully and that they were confident it would not happen.
National Alliance secretary general and longtime official Stephen Pokawin said this yesterday when commenting on Opposition claims they were mustering numbers to challenge the Government.
The Opposition claimed at least 21 plus more MPs in their camp over the weekend and the number was expected to increase to mount a simple majority of 55 MPs to overthrow the Government by the time the MPs go in for the resumption of Parliament later tomorrow.
They claim there is a rift in the multi-party coalition ranks over frustrations about their leaders.
But Peoples Democratic Movement Party Leader Michael Ogio was the first to defend his team and deny they were going to move across to the other side despite Central Bougainville MP Jimmy Miringtoro being more heavily involved with the opposition.
Over the weekend reports reaching the Post-Courier claimed that there was a crack within the multi-party coalition of the Somare-Temu Government and several frustrated National Alliance members including backbenchers have reportedly joined the Opposition to over throw the Government.
Last week, a team of more than 35 MPs were ferried to Goroka for a major forum on the proposed amendments to the Oil and Gas Act 1998 and the Mining Act 1992 introduced by North Fly MP Boka Kondra, fully supported by Western Province Governor Dr Bob Danaya including Goroka MP Thomson Harokaqveh who hosted the forum.
This, Mr Pokawin, said could have been misread by those MPs thinking along the lines of overthrowing the Government because the Government had sent some of its members up to Goroka for that meeting.
We know we sent some of our people to that meeting in Goroka.and virtually you got to look at behind the scenes, what were these MPs there for, Pokawin said.
But in any case, we are monitoring the situation very, very carefully. As far as NA is concerned, we are intact. And our MPs are free to move around but the coalition partners are honouring the Warangoi Accord (agreement).
From inside, we know there have been attempts to overthrow us and we are monitoring the situation. Our coalition partners have not indicated otherwise, as we said we are monitoring the issue very closely.
The Opposition yesterday responded to questions raised by this newspaper on how confident they were with their numbers and if they could physically show whether they had the numbers.
Their office said having the Government Whip Mathew Poiya at their camp in Goroka, and the host town MP Thompson Harokavve and other MPs there was a good position. But they did not want to disclose further details because they claimed it would be better to surprise them. Reports also reaching this newspaper yesterday claimed at least three government ministers (named) are thinking of resigning from the Government and moving across to the Opposition and that has been the indication from that caucus.
Meanwhile PDM boss, Michael Ogio yesterday refuted claims his party was moving across to the Government.
PDM is committed to the Warangoi Accord and we stand by it, Mr Ogio said.
He said his party with five members would support the current government until 2012.
PNG vote of no-confidence 'likely'
|July 27 2009, 4:25 PM |
PNG vote of no-confidence 'likely'
July 27, 2009 - 4:19PM
Papua New Guinea's opposition party says it has the numbers to topple the current government through a vote of no-confidence.
Disgruntled members of the PNG government secretly met the opposition in the Eastern Highlands town of Goroka on the weekend to discuss plans to swap sides.
AAP on Monday has seen a list of 17 parties who collectively represent 51 members ready to form a government if a vote was to happen.
If the vote occurs more members are expected to follow their parties to join and form a new coalition majority of the parliament's 109 members.
"The numbers are what matters and we have the numbers," an opposition source told AAP.
"It's a case of critical mass now," he said.
Opposition Leader Mekere Morauta said in a written statement that the National Alliance-led government was no longer fit to govern PNG.
"This is the view of an increasing number of Papua New Guineans in all walks of life.
"The rank and file of the minor parties in government are fed up because they have been completely sidelined by the ruling tribe.
"I appeal to the members of parliament sitting helplessly in government, frustrated and powerless, to abandon their leaders and join forces with the opposition," he said.
Institute National Affairs think-tank director Paul Barker said reforms that Morauta brought in when he was prime minister in 2001 have ironically kept him from pushing for office this way.
"The constitutional reforms he brought in have helped provide constructive stability for PNG but have since prevented him from readily challenging the government.
"Since 2002 we've had a period of political stability but at the same time we want a well-managed government which responds to the identified priorities," he said.
From 1981 to 1999 there were multiple successful and failed attempted votes of no-confidence, he said.
Prime Minister Michael Somare, who has come to power and been defeated through past votes of no-confidence, is expected to make a statement later on Monday.
© 2009 AAP
Only if Powes Parkop is PM
|July 27 2009, 6:32 PM |
I can only support a Government led by none other than Powes Parkop
Re: Only if Powes Parkop is PM
|July 28 2009, 5:36 AM |
Tru. But who else are fit to be leaders, Philemon. Morauta?
No confidence vote - momentum builds - 51 MPs behind it
|July 28 2009, 6:44 AM |
PNG opposition touts no-confidence vote
Posted 8 minutes ago
Papua New Guinea's opposition says momentum is building for a change of government through a vote of no-confidence.
The opposition has shown the ABC a list of 51 MPs it says are committed to toppling Sir Michael Somare's government.
Thirty of those on the list come from within the ruling coalition.
The opposition claims to have garnered their support during a meeting of MPs in the Eastern Highlands last week.
The meeting was supposed to be discussing mining legislation.
An insider says a vote of no-confidence could be attempted during this week's sitting of parliament.
In a statement Sir Michael scoffed at the prospect of a vote and questioned whether opposition leader Sir Mekere Morauta even had the support of his own MPs.
Re: No confidence vote - momentum builds - 51 MPs behind it
|July 28 2009, 10:16 AM |
that's all we need more destabilisation in this country.
Before they do the vote of no confidence can they tell us what they can do to better our current situation. Can they convince us?
Is this vote of no confidence being done for the better of PNG or because some politician is in need of recognition and power?
Tingting gut na support...I'm all for change but at what cost?
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