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January 18, 2021

Polye’s Response

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Sacked Treasury Minister, and Member for Kandep, Don Polye, says Triumph Heritage Empowerment Party will resolve on where he sits as the party leader, and not the Prime Minister and his People’s National Congress Party.

He likened the Prime Minister to a dictator on a mission to disintegrate political parties to build his own.


Polye’s comments come following the change in seating arrangements in parliament that would see him in the opposition benches.


Don Polye has referred the government’s decision to put him in the opposition benches, to the Registrar of Political Parties, and the Speaker. He says he will not attend parliament sessions pending their response, but will return when all issues surrounding his sitting arrangement is resolved.


He said this decision is undemocratic, and is a breach of the Organic Law on Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates or OLIPPAC, bridge of parliament procedures and a setback in the parliamentary democracy.


He said he formed this government in Alotau, and he is still a part of this government, unless his party decides otherwise. He called on Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, to encourage the growth of small parties, and not to destroy them.


He said no member of THE Party has formally exited his party to join PNC, and all 14 MPs remain members of THE Party until his party makes a decision. He assured THE Party supporters and voters that the party was intact, and will not succumb to anything but will stand on its platform.


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