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BREAKING NEWS! PM Somare is stepping down...

December 9 2010 at 7:41 PM

Abal is taking over.

Will be announced later tonight and public tomorrow morning.

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Good riddance

Re: BREAKING NEWS! PM Somare is stepping down...

December 9 2010, 8:17 PM 

Lets wait and see....and if its true then celebrate....good riddance!

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Friscan Thomas

Re: BREAKING NEWS! PM Somare is stepping down...

December 10 2010, 1:22 AM 

Somare does not own the Parliament or the government is not his family business, gorillas like him should have handed the leadership over long time and retire with a reputable leadership tag.
He is now seen as the Pacifics most corrupt leader promoting and protecting corruption, building family wealth and empire over the last 8 years in power!

I wish this leadership tribunal leads to recommending his dismissal from public office, and further reopen the can of warms in the Taiwan Water Bottle saga, Singapore log export trust account, motigate issue, Barnett Commission reports ALL swept under the carpet by him Pruitch & Arthur and somare faces the music and punished.

Enjoying the limelight and glory of parliament privileges, if the PM ends his controversial career in bomana would be a good news for me and the poor PNG majority.

Friscan Thomas
Poor suffering citizen.

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Trouble is who ever the old man appoints owes it to him...so the vicious cycle continues..

December 10 2010, 10:05 AM 

Let us hope and pray that whoever is the New PM does a good job...Better than PM Somare.

I pray that the process be made fair and transparent and be put to the test...where a proper government is installed morally...A government that serves our 7 million people with dignity. A government that does not rig the parliamentary process and any other process. A government that cares for the laws that allow them powers to rule and exist and never to treat the same laws of the land with contempt. Being a law maker does not even allow its makers to be law breakers. That is my point.

This is the time that we must sing praises to the God who reveals all...who does not want to allow corruption and sin to spiral and prevail.

But the trouble is who ever the old man appoints owes it all to him...so the vicious cycle continues. (I hope against that....)

Regardless, I will pray and rally for a better PM. May God lead.


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word to wise

Re: Trouble is who ever the old man appoints owes it to him...so the vicious cycle continues..

December 10 2010, 3:19 PM 

When we stop praying for a good PM and actually start taking some action to ensure we get a good PM our dreams will start coming true. Our problem all these years is too much prayer and not enuf action don't we finally have enuf evidence of that?

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To word to wise

December 11 2010, 6:04 AM 


Your counsel is as good as it suites you. If ye be a man of action, do ye likewise. I salute your attitude of action. Go for it. May God bless your heart and efforts.

Still... will I pray...even if my God will not honour my prayer request that PNG improves from being at the worst end of the world's index of corruption.


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December 11 2010, 8:24 AM 

Please, keep all threads together under one heading in this case on the politics board.

BREAKING NEWS - Supreme Court nullifies Governor General election
December 10 2010 at 3:10

Supreme court has ruled today that Governor General election of Sir Paulus Matane is null and void. This means that election will have to happen again. Everyhting that GG has signed including appointment of ministers and department heads is null and void.

PNG is now in crisis!!

Speaker is now acting GG and acting Head of State.


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This means that Puka Temu is still DPM?
Re: BREAKING NEWS - Supreme Court nullifies Governor General election December 10 2010, 4:03 PM

This means that Puka Temu is still Deputy PM and therefore he should become acting PM when PM has to step down upon leadership tribunal being convened next week.

Sir Paulus Matane's signing of Polye's appointment as DPM and the subsequent signing of Abal's appointment is therefore null and void.

Re: BREAKING NEWS - Supreme Court nullifies Governor General election December 10 2010, 4:06 PM

geee...some lawyers are now sratching their heads now...what happens?....or are they happy to make more money as one proclaimed in the drums today!!

Re: BREAKING NEWS - Supreme Court nullifies Governor General election December 10 2010, 6:21 PM
More PNG chaos as court rules against GG
19:13 AEST Fri Dec 10 2010

Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court has ruled the reappointment of the country's governor-general was unconstitutional and invalid.
Controversy surrounded the June installation of Sir Paulias Matane, who critics said was appointed by the government despite numerous breaches of parliamentary process.
On Friday, the full bench of the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the appointment was unconstitutional because Sir Paulias was not selected after a secret ballot in parliament.
The court found Speaker Jeffrey Nape acted unlawfully by presiding over parliament at a time he was acting governor-general.
"Sir Paulias shall cease to hold office as GG at 12 midday on Dec 2010," the court declared.
"As soon as practical call a meeting of parliament to nominate the next governor-general, within 40 days of this order."
Outspoken opposition member Sam Basil told AAP the Sir Michael Somare-led government regularly used a compliant speaker to stifle debate and act undemocratically.
"This ruling is a good Christmas present for six million PNG people," he said.
"It proves what we've been saying all along about this government.
"The Somare government is on its last legs, a new government has to come in and fix the neglect, the corruption and improper way of running parliament.
Mr Nape was instrumental in allowing parliament to adjourn for long periods as government MPs defected to the opposition en masse in July. The adjournments thwarted a vote of no-confidence motion.
The latest ruling comes in a week of political chaos in which cabinet was suddenly reshuffled, Sam Abal was appointed deputy prime minister and Sir Michael faced allegations of misconduct in court.
The prime minister told a media conference on Thursday his lawyers were challenging the Ombudsman Commission's report into alleged improprieties regarding his listing of financial statements.
Some of the allegations date back 20 years.
"Should a tribunal be set up I will step aside in the interim as prime minister," Sir Michael said.
"(But) I still have a referral in the Supreme Court that has not been dealt with."


This message has been edited by 7milebeach on Dec 11, 2010 8:25 AM

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Somare trying to delay leadership tribunal by going to court

December 11 2010, 8:34 AM 

Please, once again keep all topics on the latest news about the attempts to overthrow Samore under this Topic thread.
Any attempts in posting under sub threads headinss, will be deleted. I do not want to have to do that, and will appreciate scapers co-orporation. It is a hot topic and will make it easy for censoring it.



December 10 2010 at 3:08 PM from ABC news


PNG leader seeks to delay misconduct hearing
By PNG correspondent Liam Fox

Updated 1 hour 49 minutes ago

PNG prime minister Sir Michael Somare is trying to prevent a leadership tribunal from hearing allegations of official misconduct. (AFP: Torsten Blackwood)

RELATED STORY: Somare threatens to step down
RELATED STORY: Somare facing suspension over misconduct claim
Papua New Guinea's prime minister is trying to prevent a leadership tribunal from hearing allegations of official misconduct against him.

On Wednesday the public prosecutor said he would seek the appointment of a leadership tribunal to hear allegations Sir Michael Somare failed to lodge several annual returns and lodged others late.

Yesterday Sir Michael said he respected the prosecutor's decision and that he would step down if a tribunal was convened.

But today his lawyers went to the national court seeking a restraining order against the prosecutor, Jim Wala Tamate.

They argued Sir Michael was appealing his referral by the corruption watchdog and that that matter should be heard first.

But Mr Tamate says there is no restraining order preventing him from exercising his powers.

The matter has been adjourned until Monday.

Nau FM The National Newspaper The Post Courier ABC Pacific News

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Re: Somare trying to delay leadership tribunal by going to court

December 12 2010, 7:45 AM 

Take it one step further and retire Moron, you've had your glorious day and have now gone past your Expiry Date!

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Isn't it 'criminal' when you break a law?

December 12 2010, 10:49 AM 


By the way Somare Snr (de grand thief) insists his case is not a criminal case, can some law cluey people explain what is the difference when you break a law that requires you to submit Acquittals for Expenditure of public hard earned taxpayer funds?

Isn't it 'criminal' when you break a law? I'm over this, save some sanity and retire before you make a bigger fool of yourself!

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Re: Isn't it 'criminal' when you break a law?

December 12 2010, 1:26 PM 

No. Some laws are infractions or misdemeanors and breaking them does not you a criminal. For example if you are charged with parking your car in a no-parking area and found guilty, this doesn't make you a criminal.

From Wikileaks -

"While every crime violates the law, not every violation of the law counts as a crime; for example: breaches of contract and of other civil laws may rank as "offences" or as "infractions"."

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Re: Isn't it 'criminal' when you break a law?

December 14 2010, 7:29 AM 

Name the law that Somare is accused of breaking. Not filing one's financial returns breaks no law that I was aware of.

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Re: Somare trying to delay leadership tribunal by going to court

December 14 2010, 7:28 AM 

Who are you calling a moron?

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GG election nulification is

December 12 2010, 4:51 PM 

GG election nullification has nothing to do with Somare stepping down. They are too separate issues.

This message has been edited by DeFlash on Dec 13, 2010 3:39 AM

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Samore stepped down.

December 13 2010, 8:26 PM 

PNG leader Somare steps down
By PNG correspondent Liam Fox and wires

Updated 33 minutes ago

Sir Michael Somare referred to Monday's court proceedings as a "gross injustice". (AFP: Torsten Blackwood)

Related Story: PNG court rules GG's appointment invalid Related Story: Somare threatens to step down Related Story: Confusion persists over PNG cabinet reshuffle Related Story: Deputy PM sacked in PNG shake-up Papua New Guinea prime minister Sir Michael Somare has stepped down so a tribunal can hear allegations of official misconduct against him.

Sir Michael says he has "voluntarily" stepped aside so a leadership tribunal can hear allegations he failed to lodge several annual financial statements in the 1990s.

The move comes after his lawyers earlier in the day failed to obtain an injunction preventing the public prosecutor from moving to appoint a tribunal.

Newly appointed deputy Sam Abal will assume full function and responsibility of the office of the prime minister while Sir Michael.

In a statement, Sir Michael says he is the victim of a "gross injustice" because there has not been a judge available to hear his application for an injunction in the last few days.

He says also he filed a challenge against his referral to the prosecutor in the Supreme Court two years ago but has not been given his day in court.

The 74-year-old says he has stepped aside so the tribunal can take place unhindered and he can work to clear his name.

The leadership tribunal and Sir Michael stepping aside are the latest twists to PNG's second week of political drama that also saw a snap cabinet reshuffle and a supreme court ruling that the re-election of the country's governor-general was invalid.

PNG's political turmoil intensified on Friday when the supreme court declared PNG's parliament must reconvene before January 20 for new governor-general nominations.

The opposition is hoping the re-sitting of parliament will give it an opportunity for another vote of no-confidence. However, two previous attempts this year have been thwarted.

There is also speculation a disaffected Don Polye, who was dumped as deputy prime minister in last week's reshuffle, may take his Highlands faction to the opposition's ranks in an attempt to topple the government.

Friday's supreme court ruling also criticised speaker Jeffery Nape, who has been key to the government's survival by allowing lengthy adjournments to stave off previous no-confidence votes.

- ABC/wires

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Friscan Thomas

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December 14 2010, 1:06 AM 

My many spirits are in awe! PNG cannot go any further to have this ugly moron to get our of the way, Somare is the father of corruption, a breeding camp that aims to sepiknize all executive public offices. I just wont pray anymore for no miracles, Somare must be thrown into bomana. PNG must unite against this frail PM!


This message has been edited by 7milebeach on Jan 21, 2011 7:25 AM

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December 14 2010, 7:13 AM 

Every leaders taken oath by GG this term for top jobs in the country should be nullified.

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PM steps aside!! not willingly but has no option!!

December 14 2010, 8:32 AM 

Being willing to stand in a "queue of one" takes balls..... to fight kitechn cabinet and not expect to " get slapped "is something else.... & lets face it ...... Churchill was right when speaking to Rosavelt & Stalin, " All politicians are cheats & Liars ....we three are just better at it ... than most, so for the "hiding judge" to offend kitchen cabinet, and tell the country what he supposed to do!! well i hope he has a nice day, & learns to duck!

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slightly relieved

December 14 2010, 10:04 AM 

We know now that Somare has stepped down........okay now the onus is on the young guns running the show with Sam Abel as the acting Prime Minister. Lets hope that the senior government MPs / ministers do not waste their time crying over spilled milk trying to blame the judiciary system over what has happened...........it has already happened, PM stepping aside, & GG removed from the post.

Lets see what these young breed of MPs can do to bring the country forward and bail it out of the mess created as revealed recently....Remember the nation & the world is watching. Time to show that these recent turn of events do not promote the onset of political instabilily as many other foreign countries would likely perceive, but that it provides an opportunity for these MPs to show who they really are.

So, now lets see how our representatives currently in the government, will bring back the rule of law. Lus tintin lo Somare for the timebeing....he's down and out (soon)


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Support tsol

January 19 2011, 7:50 AM 

I Fully support this...

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