Heat on O’Neill in and out­side Par­lia­ment

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Port Moresby: The Pa­pua New Guinea coali­tion gov­ern­ment ap­pears to have a com­fort­able ma­jor­ity in Par­lia­ment de­spite at­tempts to ta­ble a mo­tion of no- con­fi­dence against the prime min­is­ter. But as the PNG Par­lia­ment re­sumed this week af­ter a break of al­most five months, Peter O’Neill found him­self un­der fire over his han­dling of an econ­omy show­ing se­ri­ous fis­sures. Since elec­tion in 2012, the prime min­is­ter’s mas­tery of the num­bers in par­lia­ment has rarely looked in doubt.

Mr O’Neill’s Peo­ple’s Na­tional Congress has been able to lure dozens of MPs from par­ties less-re­sourced than his, to be­come eas­ily the largest party in par­lia­ment, with around fifty of the 111 MPs in its ranks. The Op­po­si­tion this week lodged the mo­tion of no-con­fi­dence with the Speaker’s of­fice, but the mo­tion was be­ing vet­ted by a par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee stacked with sup­port­ers of the prime min­is­ter. The Deputy Op­po­si­tion leader Sam Basil said whether the mo­tion went through or not, par­ties within the rul­ing coali­tion were dis­il­lu­sioned with the lead­er­ship. Source: RNZI

Peter O’Neill.

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