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May 28, 2022
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Back to Business After Vote of No Confidence

It is business as usual for Oro (Northern) Governor, Gary Juffa, following the failed Vote of No Confidence.

Juffa said he would now return to his province and carry on his duties as Governor.

“I am not interested in pursuing this matter further because I have limited time and resources. To those in opposition who wish to go on with this, you may be right but it may be impractical and costly. It is a cost I simply cannot afford,” he said.

He said the Vote of No Confidence showed that the Prime Minister has the confidence of the elected leaders in parliament.

“For whatever reason, they choose to remain steadfast in their support. The opposition needs to re-examine their strategies and carry on with the business of keeping the government in check, however it must do so intelligently and strategically and responsibly,” he said.

“I am in the opposition, that is a fact; but I also support any positive efforts and any decisions by government that are for the people and for this country.

“My anger and outrage and dissent and protestation will be directed at the policies and decisions that are not in the best interest of our people and PNG,” Juffa said.

While congratulating the Prime Minister for surviving the Vote of No Confidence, Juffa also told O’Neill that he had the power to ultimately protect and promote PNG interests, adding he should exercise it with caution and responsibility.

“You have some good Ministers and others who need replacing. Review that situation and do it as soon as possible,” he said.

Juffa also called on the Prime Minister to:

  • Consider stepping aside to focus on the pending list of court cases. Many possible candidates can temporarily replace him until he sorts this out
  • Reopen the academic year for UPNG and UoT as soon as possible
  • Loans and major decisions must come before parliament, among other issues

He said the Prime Minister may have the numbers but the constitution demands it.

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