Somare Plans To Contest Elections For East Sepik Regional Seat

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Grand Chief says ‘illegal’ O’Neill ‘regime’ to be ‘held in contempt’

By Gabriel Fito

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, May 24, 2012) - Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare was nominated yesterday to contest his East Sepik regional seat.

He had told supporters earlier that this would be the last time he was contesting the election before he handed the leadership baton over to young leaders.

Sir Michael arrived at the Boram airport to a rousing welcome by jubilant National Alliance supporters.

Members of the correctional service and East Sepik Governor Peter Wararu were there to receive him.

He was accompanied by the National Alliance party deputy leader (Mamose) Patrick Pruaitch, Angoram MP Arthur Somare, Ambunti-Dreikikir MP Tony Aimo, Nuku MP and Pangu Pati leader Andrew Kumbakor.

Sir Michael was later escorted by a motorcade from the airport to the provincial returning officer’s office where he filed his nomination papers.

He said the O’Neill-Namah regime which was declared illegal by the Supreme Court this week would be held in contempt.

Sir Michael said it was unfortunate that he and his caretaker cabinet were prevented by soldiers from seeing the governor-general to sign instruments on Tuesday.

Wararu said the provincial executive council would take out an in ­- junction to prevent the O’Neill regime from convening parliament.

Sir Michael, who has been an MP since independence, thanked the people for the support they had given him in the past 44 years.

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