8 Aug 2007

PNG's National Alliance broadens coalition

1:51 pm on 8 August 2007

With five days before the new Papua New Guinea Parliament sits, Sir Michael Somare's National Alliance has boosted its coalition numbers to 69 of the 109 MPs.

It has signed up two more small parties, joining seven who committed to the NA at the weekend.

The latest to join are the People's National Congress which is headed by the Opposition Leader in the last Parliament, Peter O'Neill, and the People's Democratic Movement, the party of former Prime Minister, Paias Wingti.

In a surprise result Mr Wingti lost his Western Highlands provincial seat earlier this week when the preference vote went strongly against him.