Fiji Time: 1:35 PM on Sunday 18 February

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / World

MPs cross the floor

Abc
Thursday, September 14, 2017

PAPUA New Guinea's biggest Opposition party has split, with its leader and most of its members joining the Government.

Deputy Opposition leader Sam Basil has brought 12 MPs from the Pangu Pati to the government of Prime Minister Peter O'Neill and his People's National Congress party (PNC).

Mr Basil was one of the Government's most outspoken critics, and his successful grassroots campaign wiped out senior government MPs in his home province of Morobe.

But he said he had to respect the Prime Minister's mandate.

"So all I can say is that Papua New Guineans have chosen the Government, now we make our choice to join PNC."

Mr Basil has also filed a criminal complaint against members of his party executive who challenged his move, alleging they stole party funds.

"We have had three of our executive being charged for misappropriation of 50,000 of the election funds," he said.

The defection helps secure Mr O'Neill's grip on Government, and he praised Mr Basil and the Opposition MPs.

Mr O'Neill said Mr Basil and his MPs had not been promised anything for making the move.

"There is no conditions attached to their coming," he said. "They really want to work for the people, that's why they're here, they want to work with the team."








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.62960.6106
JPY 54.089651.0896
GBP 0.35640.3484
EUR 0.40330.3913
NZD 0.68710.6541
AUD 0.63800.6130
USD 0.50590.4889

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 16th, February, 2018

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Workers walk out
  2. Dengue alert
  3. Kuruvakadua slams landowners
  4. Biman refutes claims on sector
  5. My commitment is unwavering: PM
  6. Feeding the needy
  7. Top honours for tourism stalwarts
  8. RFMF deploys team to assess damage
  9. $50k aid for relief efforts
  10. FRA awards contracts, sets targets

Top Stories this Week

  1. Love is patient and always kind Wednesday (14 Feb)
  2. TC Gita: At its closest now Tuesday (13 Feb)
  3. Gita packs power Tuesday (13 Feb)
  4. TC Gita: Eye close by at 9pm Tuesday (13 Feb)
  5. TC Gita: Devastation clear Tuesday (13 Feb)
  6. TC Gita: Rooftop gone at Doi Tuesday (13 Feb)
  7. Engine fire forces Fiji Link return Tuesday (13 Feb)
  8. Woman to appear in court on rape charge Monday (12 Feb)
  9. Gita threat Monday (12 Feb)
  10. None like Gita Friday (16 Feb)