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November 23, 2019
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Pangu parliamentary wing ceases after 15 MPs resign

Fifteen  Pangu MPs have resigned from the party effectively killing the party’s parliamentary wing.

The move  is meant to put an end to the ongoing conflict  between  the  executive arm of the party led by  President Patrick Pundao and General Secretary, Morris Tovebae.

In  the 2017 elections,  the long running feud  evolved into a tit-for-tat power play when  the executive wing nominated  candidates for the same seats contested by those  endorsed by party leader, Sam Basil.

Last night, news of a party split  came to the fore, with one faction siding with  Bulolo MP, Sam Basil and the other with Morobe Governor, Ginson Saonu.  The Saonu faction, which has, as of last count,  eight members,  has joined the group of opposition and PNC defectors camping at Laguna Hotel in Port Moresby.

Earlier in the day,  Abau  MP, Puka Temu,  Kiriwina-Goodenough’s Douglas Tomuriesa and Telefomin MP, Solan Mirisin, announced their resignations from the PNC and their Ministerial portfolios.   Five other MPs also  announced their defections from the  PNC led coalition.

According to MPs based at the Laguna Hotel,  there are 29  members  in camp with an additional 24  in  the Opposition group.

Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, is yet to  issue an official response to  the ongoing exodus of coalition members.

Mr. O’Neill was attending  the National Lands Forum in Port  Moresby when  three ministers and five other MPs  announced their resignations.

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