Basil & former Pangu MPs join Melanesian Alliance Party

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Nine former Pangu Pati members,  led by Bulolo MP, Sam Basil   have joined the Melanesian Alliance Party.

The move comes days after  the resignation of all Pangu MPs that left  the Pangu  without an active parliamentary wing.  Basil’s move comes on the eve of  parliament  sitting  and as both sides prepare for the vote of no confidence challenge.

Sam Basil produced a letter of invitation he  says is evidence that the Melanesian Alliance  was willing to accept them  as new members back in 2018.

“I have with me a letter of invitation dated the 24th of September 2018. In doing so we have responded to official resign from Pangu Pati.”

Melanesian Alliance is one of the oldest parties in Papua New Guinea. It was started by John Momis and Sir John Kaputin in the 1970s.  It has struggled to remain  a political force  as it was in the 70s and 80s.
In 2002,  three MPs were elected under the   Melanesian Alliance ticket – Sir Moi Avei, Kairuku-Hiri,  Dame Carol Kidu, Moresby South and Anderson Vele, Rigo Open.

Then party leader, Wosera-Gaui MP Joseph Yopiyopi was the only member  in the party after the 2017 elections.  He later  joined  People’s National Congress.

After Pangu,  the Melanesian Alliance,  is  the second party Sam Basil is attempting to revive said since 2017.

Basil has had a difficult run with Pangu Executives which forced  resignation of the MPS.

“It has been difficult for us. They sacked me several times and recently, they sacked me again.

Scott Waide

is the Lae Bureau Chief and began his career with EMTV in 1997 as a News and Sports Reporter and Anchor and has been a media professional for over 19 years. Having previously worked as a Producer and Researcher for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Port Moresby Bureau, he is a recipient of multiple awards including the Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union Prize in 2005 in Iran for best news feature, the Pacific Island News Association Award and the Divine Word University Media Freedom Award.

Scott Waide
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