PNG Parliament expects new Opposition Leader

The Parliamentary Opposition caucus is expected to meet any time this week to elect a new Opposition Leader following the sacking of PNC Party to the Opposition yesterday. O'Neill with his 13 MPs met today and resloved to accept PM Marape's decision.

PNC Party Leader Peter O'Neill


PNG Parliament is expecting a new Opposition Leader this week following the sacking of PNC Party to the Opposition Bench.

Kala Aufa told PNG Sun this evening the party had 14 MPs who are the majority in Opposition now.

Aufa is the acting Clerk of Parliament.

“(We) will get good indication by tomorrow. Yes, they have the numbers. (We are) not sure who will be Leader of Opposition,” said Mr Aufa.

Former Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said this evening that the party caucas met today.

In that, they resolved to accept Prime Minister James Marape’s decision to exclude the party from his government.

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Last Friday, the Supreme Court ruled reinforcing incumbent Opposition Leader Belden Namah’s suspension from duties.

Clearly, a Leadership Tribunal suspended him but he later stayed it through a National Court order.

O’Neill said PM Marape forgot his party provided the number on the floor of Parliament to assist the government formation.

“Thus, PNC has now moved to the Opposition so that we can confront this failing Marape leadership.

“It is our duty to bring to light the terrible and depressed state of the government under his authority,” he said in a media statement today.

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