Sacked Minister, Three MPs Move To PNG Opposition

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Polye, THE MPs join Namah in official opposition

By Jeffrey Elapa

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Nov. 19, 2014) – Sacked treasury minister and leader of the Triumph Heritage Empowerment Don Polye has moved over to the Opposition bench, bringing three members of his party to beef the number of the Opposition to seven.

Mr Polye was sacked by the Prime Minister earlier this year and sat with his members in the middle bench until yesterday when he and his three members, Kikori MP Mark Maipakai, Raicoast MP James Gau and Laigaip-Porgera MP Nixon Mangape announced their move during a press conference and later sat on the Opposition bench.

The Opposition had three MP led by Opposition Leader Belden Namah, his deputy Sam Basil and Rabaul MP Allan Marat.

However, Mr Polye said during a media conference that he was leading six of his members over to the Opposition but those absent were Kerowagi MP Camillus Dangma, Eastern Highlands Governor Julie Soso and Koroba-Kopiago MP Philip Undialu.

However Mr Undialu and Dangma sat among the government benches when parliament resumed at 3.30pm for the 2015 National Budget.

Mr Undialu later told the Post- Courier after parliament that he would remain in the middle benches until he gets clearance from the Registrar of Political Parties.Ms Soso was said to be away overseas and was not in Parliament. About 14 of his members have joined the Government ranks and some of them are holding ministerial portfolios.

Sources within the Opposition said the issue of leadership of the Opposition was still being discussed between the members of the Opposition.

They said with the 10 members in the Opposition, they wanted to promote the principles and values they wanted to showcase and provide an alternate government that will keep the government check and balance.

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