Polye or Namah? Rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic.

By PNG Echo.

imagesIn an interview given to EMTV at the end of last week, Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill commented on a number of issues including:

  • the recent defections (?) to the Opposition,
  • the Grand Chief’s move to the middle benches (or the opposition depending on who you listen to)
  • and the UBS loan.

The Prime Minister reminded his audience that PNG, as an adherent to democratic principles, was governed by the virtue of numbers – and he had them

In fact, O’Neill has almost 60 Members of Parliament in his own PNC party, according to figures he quoted. With the PNG parliament having 111 seats, O’Neill’s PNC Party has the numbers to govern on its own if it so desires. I cannot recall another time in post-colonial history that that has ever been the case.

However, this government is a coalition government and holds the seats of around 100 members (once again according to the Prime Minister’s estimations). So even with Polye, Soso et al joining the Opposition, the opposition is still going to be largely irrelevant.

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