In a sign that it is struggling for traction against a rampant Somare government, the PNG opposition has withdrawn a motion of no-confidence in the Prime Minister.
The decision came after Sir Michael Somare asserted his dominance over Parliament, mustering a comfortable majority of MPs to pass two bills creating Hela and Jiwaka provinces in the Southern and Western Highlands.
“We have withdrawn the motion because we do not have confidence in the integrity of the process being used by the government,” said opposition leader Sir Mekere Morauta.
“We heard from reliable sources that [Parliament’s] private business committee will reject the motion, allegedly on some technical ground,” he said.
“We want the Speaker to tell us what we should do to satisfy the private business committee so we can submit a new motion that will conform to the committee’s requirements.”
The government abruptly adjourned its urgent recall of Parliament yesterday after just two days of a week-long scheduled sitting.