4 Jun 2008

Claims that Bougainville President's position in jeopardy over controversial deals

10:04 am on 4 June 2008

There are claims that President Joseph Kabui's hold on power in the autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville may be in jeopardy over three controversial projects initiated by his Government..

The Post Courier newspaper says his presidency is likely to face a challenge when Parliament sits next Tuesday.

The paper claims that two thirds of the House is prepared to pull the Government out of the projects.

These are the newly established Bogenvil Resources Development Corporation which is to be 70 controlled by Canadian company, Invincible Resources, and a smelter assay laboratory.

There are also petitions from throughout the province calling on Mr Kabui to resign over his involvement in what the newspaper calls the Invincible scandal.

The Post Courier says two ministers and six MPs spoken to on Monday say that next Tuesday the parliament "will be on fire" as explanations are demanded from Mr Kabui.