Heat on O’Neill in and outside Parliament
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