21 May 2014

Resignations en masse from PNG political party

3:50 pm on 21 May 2014

Three Papua New Guinea cabinet ministers and another MP have resigned from the Triumph Heritage Empowerment, or THE, Party.

EMTV News reports the four members are the Forest Minister Douglas Tomuriesa, the Higher Education Minister Delilah Gore, Labour and Industial Relations Minister Benjamin Poponawa and the member for Ijivitari, David Arore.

It comes after Prime Minister Peter O'Neill's sacking of the party leader Don Polye as the Treasurer and his subsequent move to the Opposition.

The resigning MPs say they still support the O'Neill/Dion government and say they have made the move in the interests of their constituents who want them in the government.

The MPs say the other members of the THE Party will be resigning later in this week.