NIUGINI NIUS | Edited extracts
REPORTS OF A PENDING VOTE of no confidence in the government have emerged despite moves to restore stability in the Papua New Guinea polity.
Speculation along the corridors of Waigani are that a number of members of parliament will attempt to block the Budget next month in an effort to remove prime minister Peter O’Neill.
A notice for a motion for a vote of no confidence must be registered for at least one month in advance and signed by 22 MPs. The reasons for the motion must also be published.
Opposition Leader Belden Namah, although without great numbers in parliament, is said to be behind the move.
There have been recent reports that some coalition parties have met to discuss strategies to remove the prime minister as many are not happy with the way he is dealing with issues: the main issue being the management of the government purse.
Some government backbenchers have complained they have not been getting what they have been promised.
The prime minister's office said Mr O'Neill is aware of the discussions and is being kept informed of developments.
Insiders say the rumblings are the work of the same people who undermined Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare when he was then prime minister for their own benefit and not that of the people and the country.
It is said the parties trying to remove Mr O'Neill will attempt to block the budget.
Mr O'Neill has indicated previously that if parliament has no confidence in him, he will resign.