Thursday, December 15, 2011

Current updates on PNG Leadership Tussel

Source: Papua New Guinea Blogs,

Parliament Sessions starts this morning, Thrusday December 15, 2011

State Solicitor Daniel Rolpagarea has recognized Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare as the legitimate Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, amidst the current confusion and leadership tussle over the country's top executive job.

NBC News has obtained a letter by Mr. Rolpagarea to Governor General Sir Michael Ogio, asking him to quote "observe and give full" effect to the Monday's Supreme Court decision.

A copy of that letter has also been sent to Peter O'Neil, and his cabinet.

The same document may have been sent to all heads of foreign missions in the country.

Its understood, the Governor General had acted according to this advise, which got him purportedly sacked yesterday afternoon, by Parliament.

Meanwhile, the O'Neill/Namah government says it was a mistake for the Governor General, Sir Michael Ogio, to receive advice from sources other than the National Executive Council and or Parliament.

Doctor Allan Marat says it was wrong for the State Solicitor, Daniel Rolpagarea, to give direct advice to the Governor General.

Dr. Marat says the proper process is for the State Solicitor to give that advice to him as Attorney General and head of the Ministry, who in turn will advise the National Executive Council, Parliament and the Governor General, accordingly.

He says as it turned out, the Governor General had acted outside the vested interest of the democratic country of Papua New Guinea.

Dr. Marat also called on Grand Chief, Sir Michael Somare to accept the Parliamentary process and the spirit of democracy where majority rules and relinquish the leadership to young leaders like Mr. O'Neill.

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