Sir Michael to give last speech in Parliament tomorrow

Farewell for Papua New Guinea’s first Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare will be the only business when Parliament resumes tomorrow.

The East Sepik Governor will retire from politics after close to four decades representing his people.  

National Events and Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko confirmed to Loop PNG that Tuesday’s Parliament sitting is dedicated to Sir Michael.

Tkatchenko said when parliament sits; Sir Michael will make his farewell speech as a Member of Parliament before Prime Minister, Opposition Leader and Speaker make their reply.

He added that parliament will be adjourned for the day, for a State dinner at the State Function Room for all MPs in the 9th Parliament to attend.

East Sepik Provincial Government has also planned a separate program for their retiring Grand Chief.

Sir Michael will turn 81 years of age on Sunday.     

This week is the final sitting for the 9th Parliament before it adjourns for the National Elections.

The issue of Writs will be on April 20. Nomination closes at 4pm on April 27.

There will be eight weeks campaign period from April 20 – June 23.  Polling will run from June 24 – July 8.  Return of Writs of the election must be before July 24.



Charles Yapumi