14 Apr 2008

PNG government drops plans to oust Governor of National Capital District

11:14 am on 14 April 2008

The Papua New Guinea government has dropped plans to remove Powes Parkop as the Governor of the National Capital District.

Mr Parkop had revealed last week that the Government intended amending the National Capital District Commission Act with the aim of supplanting him.

But he says there has been enough opposition from within Cabinet and the wider caucus for the scheme to be dumped.

The government amended the Act two years ago but Mr Parkop says there is a growing recognition that such changes for political convenience are wrong.

"We shouldn't continue to do this. It affects the Government credibility and everybody's credibility. You know I hope and I think a lot of MPs in both sides of the House recognise what I am doing in the city trying to improve socio-economic and physical condition of the city, and I think they appreciate what I am doing."