5 May 2011

Namah set assume PNG opposition leadership

2:15 pm on 5 May 2011

The member of parliament for Vanimo/Green, Belden Namah, is being announced as the new leader of Papua New Guinea's opposition today.

The MP recently took over the leadership of the PNG Party from Sir Mekere Morauta and now assumes the top Opposition role from him too.

Mr Namah was formerly with the ruling National Alliance party and served as the Forestry Minister until last year when he defected to the opposition.

He says it had become clear the Somare government was manipulating parliamentary process.

"I realised how government has deliberately hijacked process of parliament by prematurely adjourning parliament. And the speaker - instead of being neutral - he seems to be siding, the speaker and his deputy, siding with the government which is democratically and constitutionally wrong."

Belden Namah.