PNG Opposition to file Supreme Court reference on election of PM James Marape

PNG Prime Minister James Marape has condemned the killings. Picture: THE NATIONAL

PORT MORESBY, 03 JULY 2019 (EMTV) – National Alliance Party Leader, Patrick Pruaitch, has said in the coming days the Papua New Guinea opposition intends to file a supreme court reference to contest the proceeding that took place, which saw Tari-Pori MP James Marape elected as Prime Minister.

Pruaitch was in his local electorate to perform electorate duties, announcing construction on a 17.5 km/K20 million (US$5.3 million0 road that will connect Aitape to Vanimo, the West Sepik Provincial town, under the PNG Government with the district to also provide District Services Improvement Programme (DSIP) assistance.

The opposition leader took time to explain to his voters the reason why he had nominated former Prime Minister Peter O’Neill during the election of the PM. Calling on his voter to not judge too quickly, his decision to nominate and later the withdrawal of nomination of Ialibu Pangia MP Peter O’Neill may have breach due process.

Pruaitch also explaining to his voters why National Alliance did not accept Prime Minister James Marape offer for two ministerial positions.

“Marape asked if I follow them, for two cabinet ministries… I said are you kidding? I have 25 members and if you gave me six or seven I will join Government”

Prime Minister Marape says his cabinet captures all region of PNG and is looking  forward to constructive debates from the opposition.

It is expected in the coming days, opposition lawyers will file a supreme court reference on this matter.

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