politics

Sir Michael says current political trend too weak

Speaking at his farewell ceremony organised by New Ireland Governor Sir Julius Chan on Tuesday, Sir Michael said leaders in past governments always work together to unite the people of the country and not to create divisions.

“We always have this in our heart and mind to put our people first and to unite them despite our cultures and different languages.

“We strive and take heed of our fellow leaders’ advice and always put our country first,” said Sir Michael.

He added that young leaders sometimes disobeyed advice which always leads to wrong directions.

Workers call for political voice in Parliament

They say for too long, the concerns of all workers in PNG have continuously been suppressed both by the government, Government agencies, employer organisations and major developers in PNG.

COWU is made up of over 10 Unions throughout the country from different sectors including maritime, communications, energy, police, correctional services, teachers, nurses and airlines.

On behalf of the Unions, PNGCWU president Nuq Mamtirin said it is strange to see and experience the hardships that all citizen workers are facing including health insurance and housing.

Why these Indian state elections matter to the whole world

As vote counts trickled in from five state elections on Saturday, one result loomed large: that of central India's Uttar Pradesh, home to more than 200 million people. The staggered five-week vote in that state alone marks the biggest election in the world in 2017.

Modi's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, or the BJP, looks poised to take about 75% of the 403 seats on offer in Uttar Pradesh.

South Korea impeachment: Critics urge Park Geun-hye arrest

Ms Park was forced from office on Friday, after judges unanimously upheld parliament's decision to impeach her over her role in a corruption scandal involving close friend, Choi Soon-sil.

Despite the ruling, she remains inside the presidential compound.

Thousands turned out for rallies in Seoul on Saturday, a day after three people involved in protests died there.

Many were calling for Ms Park's arrest, although a smaller number of her supporters also gathered in nearby streets.

50 female candidates in parliamentary training

In  a highly competitive process,  participants from 22 provinces were selected from over 200 applicants and will be trained on critical national policy issues, parliamentary processes and campaign strategies from 6 to 13 March 2017 in Port Moresby.

With only three female MPs out of 111 in Papua New Guinea’s current parliament, women continue to be under-represented as political leaders and elected officials.

Trump's abortion rule will cause deaths - activists

Mr Trump reinstated the so-called global gag rule on Monday, affecting American non-governmental organisations working abroad, to signal his opposition to abortion, which is difficult to access legally in many developing countries due to restrictive laws, stigma and poverty.

Kenyan campaigner Rosemary Olale, who teaches teenage girls in Nairobi slums about reproductive health, said women would go back to getting unsafe abortions.

"You will increase the deaths."

Facebook wants you to get even more political

On Tuesday, the company introduced an endorsement feature, which means that users can now go to the Facebook page of any political official or candidate and endorse them.

This posts the endorsement on a user's profile page (as well as on the candidate's page if a user's account is fully public). People can opt to add an explanation about why they're making that endorsement.

UNDP encourages women participation in politics

The session aimed to support political parties in creating equal opportunities for participation of women and advise on effective gender equality mechanisms in the run up to 2017 National General Elections.

In 2016, the Pacific island countries as a region still have the lowest number of female parliamentarians in the world.

Papua New Guinea currently has three women MPs; Kiribati two; Tonga, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Nauru each have one, and the Federated States of Micronesia and Vanuatu currently have no women in Parliament. 

Seven times ordinary people shook up political debate

More often at such times, the stream of political advertising and set-piece speeches flows uninterrupted and can leave voters feeling powerless or disconnected.

But every so often, as these cases show, ordinary people spring to wider attention, knocking politicians off balance.

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