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Two National Alliance Party MPs defect to government
4:30 pm GMT+12, 11/07/2018, Papua New Guinea

Two members of the National Alliance Party have asked for “release” from the party in what Opposition sources claimed is poaching by the Papua New Guinea government.
 
Maprik MP John Simon and Usino-Bundi MP Jimmy Uguro have written letters to the National Alliance Party asking to be released to be in government to bring much needed development to their electorates.
 
National Alliance has confirmed that it had received the letters from the two MPs and that the process was ongoing to grant the duo’s request.
 
The National Alliance parliamentary wing under leader Patrick Pruaitch will be meeting next week to decide the fate of Simon and Uguro. The National Alliance said the party respected the rights to freedom of speech and movement of its people although the move will reduce the Opposition numbers by two, NA still remains the single biggest party in the Opposition.
 
The party’s public officer Joyce Grant confirmed receiving the letters for release from the two Members of Parliament, further saying that the process was ongoing from their end.
 
It is believed that the National Alliance is not very happy with the two leaders, especially the Maprik MP who was backed by the Party to dethrone a former PNC MP Gabriel Kapris to win the Maprik Open seat in the 2012 national election.
 
The Organic Law on the Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates says that locking MPs to political parties had been declared illegal after former Western governor Bob Danaya sought Supreme Court reference, allowing MPs to move freely.
 
Post-Courier was reliably informed that the two MPs had been lured by proposed development funds to bring much needed services to their electorates. National Alliance leader Pruaitch and the two MPs concerned could not be reached for comments .

SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS


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