THE Party Officially Joins PNG Opposition

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Leader Polye dismisses reports he wants to lead opposition

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Sept 29, 2014) – Former Treasurer Don Polye and his Triumph Heritage Empowerment (THE) Party have joined the Opposition.

He said that at a news conference yesterday but declined to say whether he would vie for the position of Opposition leader.

"That’s not an issue," Polye said.

"Why are people making this an issue?

"The issue is economic management and the conduct of the Prime Minister."

[PIR editor’s note: PNG Post-Courier reported that ‘KANDEP MP Don Polye has again accused Prime Minister Peter O’Neill of continuous impropriety in managing Papua New Guinea’s economy. ... Addressing a media conference in Port Moresby yesterday, Mr Polye said the Prime Minister was abusing parliamentary processes when making important decisions. ... He said the country was running in the red and challenged the Prime Minister to a public debate to discuss the state of the economy and questionable decisions so that the people could judge for themselves. ... But Mr O’Neill’s spokesperson and advisers yesterday told the Post-Courier that these were the same old issues that have been adequately addressed by the Government and "they were scandalous and outright lies from a desperate man trying his best to staying relevant".’]

Polye maintained THE Party was intact despite several of its MPs, including Deputy Prime Minister Leo Dion, had left to join Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s People’s National Congress (PNC).

"Look at the Organic Law on Intergrity of Political Parties and Candidates. It says that the party constitution regulates MPs and other members," he said. "The constitution says that if you want to resign from THE Party and join another party, you have to give your reasons to THE Party council.

"THE Party council determines that and says, ‘OK, we’re releasing you, you can join another party’. In this case, none of these people (who joined PNC) has written any letter. I only find out in the newspapers that my MPs have joined the PNC Party.

"These MPs are technically and legally still members of THE Party."

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