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Speaker Entertains Motion raised by Member for Tari-Pori

By Adelaide Kari – EMTV News, Port Moresby Parliament Speaker, Job Pomat, has entertained the motion raised by Member for Tari-Pori, James Marape, to remove three members of the special Parliamentary Committee. This came after parliament had to be adjourned amid continual disagreements on house floor which almost turned to blows. After resumption of parliament and with no division, the following members of Perliament have been voted into the committee; East Sepik Governor, Allan Bird, Manus Governor Charlie Benjamin and North Fly MP James Donald. Leader of Government Business, Nick Kuman, then quickly jumped in to adjourn parliament. This time with division between both sides of the house, and a consequent vote, the opposition were able to show their numbers and dismiss the motion with nearly all Government MPs taking the vote. The result: 109 against adjournment, 1 abstain from voting and no MP’s for the adjournment. Another motion was then moved to have the Parliamentary Appointments Committee Chairman, Koi Trappe, removed, with the opposition again showing their numbers by removing Trappe and putting in Hela Governor, Philip Undialu. Marape tried to move another motion to have the Deputy Speaker, Jeffery Komal, removed. However, speaker Job Pomat would not entertain it. Parliament has been adjourned to 10am tomorrow May 29th, giving both sides ample time to re-strategise after sitting members of parliament almost exchanging blows, with the Petroleum Minister expressing his frustration in an expletive manner, while the Opposition brought out every legal standpoint they could offer against the speaker. ]]>

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