The group that is expecting to form the next government through a vote of no confidence motion now has 57 members in its camp. This is more than half the number required to push forward a successful vote of no confidence.
This morning Opposition MPs camped at the Sanctuary Hotel in Port Moresby arrived at the Laguna Hotel where they were greeted by the Marape camp. The group immediately held a news conference announcing their numbers and plans going forward.
Opposition leader, Patrick Pruaitch, told the media that all agreements signed by the O’Neill-Abel Government will be reviewed.
“We will put Papua New Guinea’s interest first. For any major agreements that were concluded recently… we want to assure out country that they will be reviewed.
“In so far as the benefits are concerned, I think it’s time the government take a bold stand.”
The man of the moment was James Marape. MPs including former Prime Minister, Sir Mekere Morauta, heaped praise on the former Finance Minister for breaking ranks three weeks ago.
“I take my hat off to James Marape. Because it was his move that triggered this event. I also want to thank the ministers and the governors.
“We have a government that is governed by one man, for one man and the benefit of his friends.”
“The Papua New Guinea that Sir Michael, Sir Julius shaped has been changed profoundly and for worse.”
Although significantly weakened, the PNC is still understood to be attempting to maneuver through the political turmoil.
Deputy Prime Minister Charles Abel, who called on Mr. O’Neill to resign on Wednesday has not given any clear indication of what he plans to do. He is expected to hold a news conference today to announce his position.
Posting earlier on his district Facebook page he said: “My people, I ask for your patience. My heart is for this country always. There will be some announcements today.”