Political alliance knotted for government stability
By WANPIS AKO
Three Southern Region-based political parties entered into a political alliance agreement last month in Parliament, with talks continuing for a possible merger into one party if they have it their way.
The parties comprising of Gulf Governor Chris Haiveta’s PNG Country Party (PNGCP), Finance Minister and Alotau MP Charles Abel’s Our Development Party (ODP), and NCD Governor Powes Parkop’s Social Democratic Party (SDP).
In the words of Mr Abel, the agreement marked a commitment to provide political stability to the Marape-Davis coalition government, to support constructive policy development and prepare for the next General Elections.
“The leaders in alliance, together with PNGCP, represent three former deputy Prime Ministers, three governors and members for large rural and urban electorates. “We are collectively action-oriented and about accountable leadership,” he said. Welcoming them, he continued that Governor Parkop has transformed the social and infrastructural landscape of Port Moresby. “As ministers in different capacities, Sir Puka and I have worked tirelessly to deliver in our rural districts,” ODP leader said.
Sharing similar sentiments, Governor Parkop commended the party leaders and their members, pledging to work together in the Pangu-led government as a team. He said dialogues about an amalgamation would continue.
The event was witnessed by Abau MP and Minister for Bougainville Affairs Sir Puka Temu, Ijivitari’s Richard Masere, Milne Bay’s John Crittin, Goroka’s Henry Ame, Housing and Urbanisation Minister, and Moresby South MP Justin Tkatchenko, and party executives. Meanwhile, Abel was sacked in a major Cabinet reshuffle announced by Prime Minister James Marape last week. He was replaced by Finschhafen MP Rainbo Paita