Papua New Guinea's former Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare has resigned from the National Alliance Party - a party he founded 20 years ago.
The Post Courier reports that Sir Michael tendered his resignation at the weekend over irrevocable differences with the party leadership over its future with the governing coalition of Prime Minister Peter O'Neill.
But the ruling People's National Congress party remains unmoved, claiming last night that the move by the East Sepik Governor was only to create instability in Government and does not affect its numerical strength to challenge a possible vote of no-confidence.
Sir Michael said his reason to quit centred on his referral of the Prime Minister and other leaders to the Ombudsman Commission for alleged breaches of the Leadership Code.
He stood by his decision, he said in his letter to party leader Patrick Pruaitch, copied to president Walter Schnaubelt and general secretary Joyce Grant, saying it was due to the Prime Minister's alleged illegal and negligent actions.