26 Jul 2012

PNG's Social Democratic Party in talks with main parties

9:04 am on 26 July 2012

The leader of Papua New Guinea's Social Democratic Party Powes Parkop confirms his party is in negotiations with both main groupings vying to be the country's next government.

The People's National Congress Party of caretaker Prime Minister Peter O'Neill is on track to emerge from the general election as the party with the most seats.

The PNC's position has been strengthened after Peter O'Neill was joined by leaders of several parties including the National Alliance's Sir Michael Somare to announce their intention to form a government.

Powes Parkop admits he is talking with both the PNC and the PNG Party which has emerged as the opposing group.

"Sometime soon we have got to decide which group to align with. We want a coalition of substance, a coalition that is very clear about the objective of the government and is a clear programme to deliver, not just a coalition of convenience because a coalition of connivence can fail our people, fail our country and can collapse."

Powes Parkop.