Thursday, September 22, 2011

Marus: Polye is NA party leader

The National - Thurday, September 22nd 2011

ACTING Speaker Francis Marus yesterday declared that the parliament and the speaker recognised Don Polye as the National Alliance party leader.
Marus, who chaired the parliament session on Tuesday and yesterday, said this as a faction led by Polye sits in the government ranks.
Marus said the office of the Speaker of Parliament recognised Polye with the 27 members of the party on his side who had crossed the floor.
He said Polye would continue to be recognised until the party issues were resolved.
He said the chair’s decision was supported by the election of Polye by the parliamentary wing at Minj during a national caucus meeting
This means that the faction led by Sam Abal now has 14 members of parliament.
Meanwhile, there are reports that the PNG Party is expected to increase its numbers to more than 18 to become the second biggest political party in parliament after two former members of the party decided to return to the party after leaving over internal differences.
Chimbu Governor Fr John Garia and Henganofi MP Ferao Orimyo left the PNG Party with four others and sat in the middle bench but decided to return to the party as it has a new leadership.
There is talk that the Works Minister Francis Awesa was one of those who defected to the government but is likely to join another party, according to sources.

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