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The prime minister said "I am a village man" who doesn’t like being insulted

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, March 9, 2009) – Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare explained on Friday that he was insulted by Enga Governor Peter Ipatas and had to leave Enga in a hurry after the NEC meeting last month.

"I am a village man. I understand the way of custom and I do have feelings. It is not good of Ipatas to make critical comments at a dinner which I hosted. "This is the PNG way, if I make a feast and someone comes in and disturbs it I will get angry and be insulted," he told Parliamant during

grievence debate.He was referring to comments by Opposition leaders Sir Mekere Morauta and Mr Bart Philemon at a press conference last Thursday that Sir

Michael should learn to accept criticism of his action and decisions. They were critical that he had left Enga in a hurry because of Governor .Ipatas’ comments.

Mr. Ipatas said later outside Parliament he never meant to insult or anger the Prime Minister when he made the remarks at the dinner in Wabag.

He said he made the statement regarding the district funds in good faith.

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