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The ruling Peoples National Congress (PNC) Party of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill is intact and is not fazed by the mooted vote of no confidence, Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Charles Abel said in Port Moresby Tuesday.
Abel, who is acting Prime Minister, said in an interview with the Post-Courier that the people gave the mandate to PNC Party after the 2017 national general election to govern.
He also declared his unwavering support to Prime Minister O’Neill when responding to questions about the mooted vote of no confidence by the opposition on social media.
“We are fully intact as far as I am concern, Prime Minister has our support,” Abel said
“PNC Party got the mandate of the people and I think any incoming government after an election must continue to have the opportunity to govern. I don’t think changing governments or Prime Ministers and disturbing the mandate of the people of is conducive to good governance.
"The people have the opportunity at election time to change government. If there are conditions that the Prime Minister is incapacitated or mentally unfit or there are also provisions to change but otherwise PNC Party got the mandate of the people but doesn’t mean things are perfect but obviously a good number of people believe in our policies in free education and building infrastructures and district development and return the government back.
“But vote of no confidence is part of the constitution so it’s not something that we can ignore, we have to deal with those matters but as far as I am concern, Prime Minister certainly has my support and our PNC Party is fully intact, we are not particularly fazed by vote of no confidence, it is part of politics and we just have to deal with them, said Abel.
Parliament resumes later this month with the 18-month grace period for the Prime Minister expiring on February 5, this year.
Enga Governor Sir Peter Ipatas has distanced himself from the vote of no confidence and also United Resource party Leader William Duma. Parliament will resume on January 22, 2019.
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