Basil takes opportunity to reconcile with Chief

Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare was in tears as Pangu Pati leader Sam Basil reconciled with him today.

Basil’s reconciliation with Sir Michael was for what he said during a political impasse in 2011. Basil told Sir Michael to get out of Parliament as "he was a stranger in the Chamber".

 "I am very sorry for what I said and take those words back."

“Sir Michael is not a stranger in the House but we, young people are strangers in the House," Basil said.

Sir Michael in accepting Basil's apology was in tears. Basil was accompanied by Goilala MP William Sam.

Other Pangu Pati veterans like Sir Rabbie Namaliu and Mailo Timini were also on hand to witness the occasion. Sir Michael turned 80 today.

Freddy Mou