PNG Opposition files no-confidence motion notice against government

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Deputy Opposition Leader Sam Basil ... filed no-confidence motion. Image: LoopPNG

By Ruth Rungula in Port Moresby

Papua New Guinea’s Opposition has filed a notice of a motion for a vote of no-confidence today at its third attempt.

Deputy Opposition Leader Sam Basil delivered the notice to the Speaker’s Office this morning.

He was accompanied by the member for Lae, Loujaya Kouza.

Basil called a media conference immediately after and announced the Opposition’s move to try to oust Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s government.

Basil was hopeful that this notice would succeed after two failed attempts.

The Shadow Attorney General and Member for Rabaul, Dr Alan Marat, explained the process, saying the private business committee of Parliament would meet tomorrow and deliberate on the notice.

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If the committee was satisfied, the notice would go before Parliament.

Impending vote
The speaker was expected to give notice on Thursday of the impending vote of no-confidence before Parliament is due to adjourn for a week and resumes for the vote of no-confidence after that.

Dr Marat challenged the government to allow this motion to go through and for it to show its numbers on the floor of Parliament.

He said this was the only opportune time for the country to know whether the people still had confidence for the government or not.

Fourteen MPs signed the no-confidence motion in the 111-seat Parliament, which includes 22 governors from the provinces and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville and the National Capital District.

PNG Today reports that the Opposition has denied allegations that it had been influencing and supporting the national university student protests against Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and his government over the past two months.

Opposition leader Don Polye rejected the allegations in Parliament.

Polye said such allegations were an insult to the intellect of the university students because it said they were incapable of understanding the country’s economic situation.

He added that students were future leaders and intellectuals who could make their stand if they saw the country not being run the way it should be.

They did not need to be told about it by any politician.
Ruth Rungula is a Loop PNG journalist.
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