21 Jul 2010

Another attempt at motion of no confidence in PNG Government expected

4:50 pm on 21 July 2010

Opposition MPs in the Papua New Guinea Parliament are expected this afternoon to try and lodge a motion for a vote of no confidence in the Government of Sir Michael Somare.

This comes after two weeks of political turmoil initiated by a court ruling that parts of the Organic Law on the Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates was unconstitutional.

The ruling allows MPs to switch their political allegiance, something that has not been possible since 2002.

At the beginning of the week four Cabinet Ministers joined the Opposition which is now headed by former Deputy Prime Minister, Sir Puka Temu.

A motion couldn't be placed yesterday and as political scientist, Dr Alfonse Gelu, reports, it's not certain the Opposition will have the numbers today.

"Yesterday it was quite obvious that the Government still had the numbers but what Puka Temu is doing is pleading with the members of Parliament in the Government that if you want a good government, if you want a Government that is for the people of this country then you should move over [to the Opposition]. But Papua New Guinea politics is quite difficult, because when it comes to principles, politicians in Papua New Guinea don't really stand on principles. It is all about what is there for them."