O’NEILL AVOIDS ANOTHER VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE

“I want to inform the country that we have adjourned for few weeks so that we can replace the ministers that have resigned."

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has once again avoided another Vote of no Confidence this week when the parliament sitting was adjourned for three weeks.

The Leader of Government Business Nick Kuman, moved a motion to suspend the sitting and moving it to Tuesday the 28th of May, stating that the government has missed at least three weeks of work due to the standoff between the two camps.

O’Neill further stated that the period will also give time for the government to sort out its in house matters.

“I want to inform the country that we have adjourned for few weeks so that we can replace the ministers that have resigned, with new ministers so that they can be appointed properly in the next few days, and when they are fully briefed we can prepare the government program of parliament before 28th May,”said O’Neill.

“It gives the new ministers an opportunity to be briefed properly so that they can be fully vested on what’s going to happen in their respective department and ministries.  

The Opposition on the other hand, strongly opposed the move but the numbers weren’t enough to win the vote against the motion to suspend the current sitting. The vote was 59 members to 50, with the government team winning the vote.

However,Opposition Leader Patrick Pruaitch said the three weeks also gives them the time to number up and move the Vote of No Confidence in the next sitting of parliament.

The Opposition has already presented the notice to the speaker of parliament of the vote, right after the sitting was adjourned to 28th May.

Emmanuel Maipe
May 7, 2019