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Pangu Pati, the oldest political party in Papua New Guinea, may be without a parliamentary wing leader within weeks as Sam Basil is believed to be preparing to desert them.
Basil, who was made Finance Minister in the Peter O’Neill-led government last week, has formed a new political party called “Our Party”. And he plans to take all 14 members of Pangu with him when he formally announces the establishment of the new party.
Basil has not responded to questions about the composition of Our Party but Pangu Pati executives told the Post-Courier that Basil was no longer part of Pangu and that the party is looking for a new party leader.
Pangu Pati president Patrick Pundau said Pangu was aware of the new party being launched and that Pangu would hold a convention anytime soon to appoint a new party leader.
“We know that Pangu now has no political party leader but we have other MPs who are in government with Sam Basil and we will hold a convention soon to get all our MPs and our party back in order,” Pundau said.
Last week, the Registrar of Political Parties and Candidates Dr Alphonse Gelu confirmed that Basil and his team had paid the K10,000 (US$2,963) fee but had not submitted documents for formal registration of Our Party.
“Our Party is still going through the process of registration,” Dr Gelu said.
“They have paid the K10, 000 fee but has not submitted documents for formal registration of the party.
“Launching cannot be that soon because of the time that it will take on the registration.
“How this relates to Pangu, I have no idea,” he said, adding that Basil had been removed from the party but Pangu still had MPs.
The registry has not received any documents for its MPs leaving the party
SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS
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