Patrick Pruaitch

Pruaitch joins Marape-Steven Government

Pruaitch made the announcement today witnessed by Prime Minister James Marape and other Government Ministers and MPs.

National Alliance party had 19 members in the National Parliament. ,

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NA members join Govt with Party leader’s blessing

Pruaitch said four National Alliance MPs – Kavieng MP and Treasurer Ling-Stuckey, East Sepik Governor Allan Bird, Namatani MP Walter Schaubelt and North Fly MP James Donald – joined the government ranks together with Northern Governor Gary Juffa.

“The National Alliance believes that as Treasurer, Ian Ling-Stuckey will drive a rational economic agenda that will be in the best interests of all Papua New Guineans. As a party we have spent considerable time working on an agenda for economic recovery and some of those policies can now be implemented.

Cabinet reshuffle dangerous: Former PM

In a statement released today, Peter O'Neill said: “The Prime Minister has the prerogative to appoint anyone he pleases at his absolute discretion but the appointment of the Opposition Shadow Treasurer to the Treasurer’s post is a gross insult to Members who voted him into office.

Rural electrification a must: MP

This is because the rural people are the backbone of the agriculture industry in Papua New Guinea.

Leader of the Opposition and Member for Aitape-Lumi, Patrick Pruaitch, said this at the launching of the K5 million rural electrification program for the villages surrounding Aitape after a long delay over landowner issues.

The project was initiated in 2009 for the surrounding villages of Aitape; from Taji airstrip on the East Coast of Aitape to Raiyu village and into Aitape town and further up to the West Coast of Aitape to the villages of Yakoi and Tepir.

Pruaitch is Alternate PM nominee

Tari-Pori MP, James Marape, made the official announcement before this afternoon’s Parliament sitting.

Marape said Pruaitch has the full backing of the alternative camp and congratulated him.

Pruaitch expressed gratitude to the 67 members in the Laguna Camp for having the confidence in him.

He said he is humbled by the nomination.

Pruaitch said the Alternative Government will look at serious national issues and they are ready to move forward with the people of the country.

Secret ballot to nominate alternative PM

Leader Patrick Pruaitch said a secret ballot among the team of opposition MPs is an ideal way to select a consensus leader as their alternate Prime Minister. 

“Many Papua New Guineans are praying that the new coalition of like-minded leaders and political parties will forge a socio-political course that brings hope and new opportunities, including improved living conditions for the PNG people. 

Marape: Collective decision not to include two MPs

When clearing the air on the arrival and refusal to include two more MPs yesterday, Marape said the team collectively decided to shut the gate at 12 noon.

“We respectfully refused one or two personal friends, for me I refused one personal friend whose a member of parliament who came in and I had to respect these two leaders here,” he said.

“It is no more about James Marape, it is no more about William Duma, it is no more about Patrick Pruaitch. It is about the team of likeminded leaders on this side of the house.

Oposisen rausim Vot i Nogat Bilip

Pruaitch  i bin sindaun wantaim ol memba bilong oposisen kem, long taim em  i givim toksave  i go long Klak bilong Palamen long rausim dispela mosen.

Long wankain taim, Tari-Pori MP James Marape,  i rausim bek nominesen bilong em i long kamap Praim Minista.

Long wanpela nius konprens asde, Patrick Pruaitch wantaim James Marape wantaim tu ol arapela memba bilong oposisen kem i tokim ol midia long tokaut long disisen bilong ol long kisim bek mosen bilong Vot I No Gat Bilip long Praim Minista.

Back to the drawing board

Flanked by members of the alternative government camp, Pruaitch said he has informed the Clerk of Parliament to withdraw the motion.

Tari-Pori MP James Marape has also withdrawn his nomination as alternative Prime Minister.

In a media conference yesterday, Pruaitch and Marape along with several members of the alternative government camp fronted the media to announce the decision to withdraw the motion for a Vote of No Confidence against the Prime Minister.

VoNC motion yet to be screened

Acting Parliamentary Counsel Richard Whitchurch explained this is because the Private Business Committee that screens all private business motions did not sit on Wednesday last week, because parliament was adjourned. The Committee only meets when parliament meets or convenes.

The Committee is chaired by Speaker Job Pomat, the Deputy Speaker and five other elected Members who are not ministers.