PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, July 26) – Papua New Guinea Party leader Sir Mekere Morauta is confident that his party and the New Generation Party (NGP) can form a coalition government with 13 parties and independents.

He claimed that the leaders of seven parties had already agreed to work together and that six other parties and some independents had indicated their willingness to join the group.

He said it would happen as soon as the leaders of the various parties were declared, adding that they had so far 25 members of parliament.

"We will provide a much better government than the current one," he told a press conference at his party headquarters in Konedobu, Port Moresby, yesterday.

Also present were Mr Bart Philemon (NGP), Mr Jamie Maxtone-Graham (Kantri Party), Dr Banare Bun (Christian Democratic Party) and Tom Tomiape (Rural Development Party).

Mr Philemon said his party’s association with PNG Party should not come as a surprise since they had reached an understanding on March 17 in Lae to form the alternative government to Somare’s government.

He said the National Alliance-led government failed to take full advantage of the political stability that they enjoyed in the past five years.

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