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Fresh political turmoil in PNG as government MPs join Opposition
03:50 am GMT+12, 13/11/2020, Papua New Guinea

The future of Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister James Marape is a risk, after a significant move against him in parliament.
 
Several MPs have crossed the floor to join the opposition which has now taken control on the floor and voted to suspend parliament.
 
There’s an exodus of nine Ministers from government moving against PM James Marape.
 
They include Deputy Prime Minister Sam Basil, Foreign Affairs Minister Patrick Pruaitch, Lekwa Gure, Sasindran Mutuvel, Justin Thatchenko, and Governor Powes Parkop.
 
Meanwhile, the Opposition has successfully changed the Parliamentary Committee on Private Members Business which handles Votes of No Confidence.

The motion to suspend standing orders moved by Opposition Belden Namah was successful with 57-39 votes.

 It isn't able to immediately move a vote of no confidence in PM Marape for procedural reasons.  

Parliament has now been adjourned to 01 December.

That will give them the legal time frame for the 18 months grace period of PM Marape is up. The grace period ends on 30 November.

The important budget for 2021 will not be handed down.

Namah also using the numerical strength made changes to the private members committee to vet a no confidence motion.

Prime Minister James Marape was caught by surprise as there was no lobbying until the 11th hour last night.

There is no vacancy in the post of PM and all 14 Ministers that jump ship will continue performing the role until December 1 when a motion of no confidence will be moved against PM Marape.
 
Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has a visit planned next week to meet with Marape

SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS


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