PNG opposition party considers defection to government

4:24 pm on 20 September 2018

Papua New Guinea's main opposition party is reportedly considering a move to join the government.

PNG parliament

Photo: AFP

This has been revealed by opposition MP Bryan Kramer who cites inside sources within the National Alliance party.

It is alleged that Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has offered seven ministries to the National Alliance which met yesterday to consider it.

The party has 11 remaining members since several of its MPs defected to the government in recent months.

The National Alliance, led by former Treasurer Patrick Pruaitch, was part of Mr O'Neill's coalition government before last year's general election when they parted ways.

As the new parliament term began, the National Alliance headed the strongest opposition seen in PNG for many years, with around 45 of parliament's total 111 MPs.

However a steady trickle of defections by opposition MPs to government has since undermined its ranks.

Mr Kramer, who is not a member of the National Alliance, says a defection could split the party, some of whose members are strongly opposed to Mr O'Neill's government.

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