PNG MINISTER SAYS RULING PARTY 'INTACT'

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Rambi says National Alliance will continue to serve PNG

By Simon Eroro and Todagia Kelola

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Dec. 31, 2010) – Labour and Industrial Relations Minister Sani Rambi yesterday said the National Alliance party was intact and will continue to serve the people of PNG.

"I want to reassure the people of PNG that the NA leadership under the Deputy leaders, Don Pomb Polye, Patrick Pruaitch, Ano Pala and Fidelis Semoso is intact and will continue to serve the people of PNG, as it has done so over the last eight years," Mr Rambi said.

In a statement, released last night, Mr Rambi rejected claims that NA was beginning to show signs of disintegration, adding that the party was united and ready to form the next government in 2012.

In the same statement, Mr Rambi described as misleading the denial by Governor of Enga, Peter Ipatas of his role in the recent reshuffle in the government.

"Everyone who follows politics in PNG knows that Ipatas was the one who sponsored the Opposition’s drive to overthrow the government when he led members of the current Opposition to nail their shoes to a post at his Bluff Inn Motel last year. He has always been planning and scheming to change the government since 2007 after failing miserably in his campaign to become the next Prime Minister," Minister Rambi said.

"For him to say now that he is a "friend" of NA and will continue to support the government is quite difficult to believe. His kind of "friendship" is one that the National Alliance Party, as an institution, cannot afford to trust," he said.

Mr Rambi said Mr Ipatas should not meddle in the NA party affairs because NA is simply too big an institution for him to play his politics with. "While we respect and value the support of all coalition partners, we will not tolerate those with sinister motives, as we believe is the case with the Pipols Party and its leader.

"I call on coalition partners to reciprocate the respect that NA has for them so that we work together to continue to provide the political stability needed to advance this country," Mr Rambi said. He said Governor Ipatas must work with leaders of NA highlands like Don Pomb Polye and the Acting PM, Sam Abal to ensure that basic government services are delivered to the people, rather than engaging in petty politics.

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