Wednesday, September 07, 2011

National Alliance in crisis

THE National Alliance executive was in a crisis conference last night as its former leader was dismissed from parliament by the speaker who is a member of the party, The National reports.
The ouster of Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare as prime minister was supported by new NA leader Don Polye, and the declaration of a vacancy was by Speaker Jeffery Nape.
The party is expected to make a major announcement today on the proceedings of the one-day parliament sitting yesterday.
The party executives were last night seeking legal opinion on whether what transpired was right by law and complied with the standing orders of parliament.
NA president Simon Kaiwi said last night: "The decision that the speaker has taken is a big constitutional issue and an issue with standing orders of parliament.
"I do not think it is correct but we are seeking legal opinion before we tell the people of PNG.
"He (Sir Michael) has met the legal requirement. He presented himself to parliament yesterday. Then, he is dismissed.
"It is a big shock to us.
"They are treating him like somebody who just came in yesterday."
Kaiwi's dilemma had worsened since half of his NA members are with the government that ousted Sir Michael as prime minister and MP

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