16 Feb 2012

PNGs new opposition leader says MPs are willing to join her

9:54 am on 16 February 2012

Papua New Guinea's first female opposition leader, Dame Carol Kidu, says she's attracting support, with between "five or six" MPs willing to join her in the coming days.

Dame Carol was recognised as leader and only member of the opposition by the speaker yesterday, filling a position that's been vacant since the August parliamentary vote that ended the government of Sir Michael Somare and installed Peter O'Neill as prime minister.

Dame Carol said she has held discussions with a number of MPs who are willing to join her in opposition and expects to make announcements in the coming days.

She said two were from the Somare faction, while others were government MPs.

MPs loyal to Sir Michael currently occupy the non-aligned middle benches.