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PM’s seat not birthright, PM Marape tells O’Neill
00:53 am GMT+12, 15/10/2020, Papua New Guinea

-The prime minister’s seat is not a birthright, Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape said in response to recent comments made by former PM Peter O’Neill.
 
Marape fired a broadside at O’Neill as the war of words intensified between them around speculations of a looming vote of no confidence in the November Parliament sitting.
 
In his attempt to dispel rumours of the vote of no confidence, Marape had announced earlier this week that the government is rock solid with 90 MPs.
 
“Let me dispel the rumours of all these cobweb bullshit of a possible vote of no confidence in November, I will work my own numbers to defend, that I can tell Papua New Guinea. There is no vacancy. The number of MPs in the government side is rock solid,” he reiterated. “We have more than 90 members at any one time and most or all the MPs are looked after fairly and we look forward to the 2022 national general elections.”
 
Reacting to O’Neill’s most recent comments, Marape fired back that the PM’s seat is not a birthright.
 
“The prime ministers seat is not my birthright and unlike him who does not see MPs as his equivalent, I see all my colleagues in Parliament, irrespective of length of tenure in office as equals, all qualify to be PM, and if in November or anytime majority MP shifts from me to a better leader, I will accept so long as the new majority leader puts the interest of fighting for people’s resources to the forefront of his work.
 
“I did not seek advise from O’Neill when I resigned from his government in April 10, 2019. I did not force him to resign and I don’t need advice from him to run political numbers to keep my government.
 
“And he must be reminded that the PM seat is not a birthright for PO (Peter O’Neill) or JM (James Marape). He was prime minister legally from 2012 to 2018 by the grace of God and grace of elected leaders. And I am today PM by that same grace of God and grace of leaders, and when that favour shifts, I will accept and not fight like him.
 
“In the meantime I will continue to serve for our country’s interest. This country is bigger than Peter O’Neill and James Marape, so let’s build the next generation of leaders who will carry the fight for a better PNG, instead of living in a self gratifying view that you and only you have all answers for this country,” Marape said.

SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS


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