PPP to field 85 candidates


THE People’s Progress Party will field 85 candidates, including several high-profile people, in the general election which begins next month and is very confident of forming government, according to leader and Kavieng MP Ben Micah.
These include former deputy prime minister and Mendi MP Michael Nali for Mendi, prominent PNG LNG Project landowner leader Larry Andagali for Hela, former Anglican Archbishop Joseph Kopapa for Northern and former Petroleum ansd Energy Secretary Rendall Rimua for Rigo.
Women candidates include daughter of former prime minister and Moresby-South MP Bill Skate, Anna Skate for Moresby-South, Elizabeth Burain for Central Bougainville, Salisa Moses for Obura-Wonenara and Edau Gibere for Kikori.
Micah said this at a fundraising dinner in Lae on Saturday following a successful party convention which was attended by more than 2000 people from all over the country on Friday.
The night featured a panel discussion on the state of the economy and performances by leading Morobe artists K-Dumen, Bongas of the Reks Band of Finschhafen and Lista Serum.
Micah told the gathering, for which people paid K50,000 for a table of 10 at the Lae Yacht Club, that PPP would work closely with the private sector – in a real private-public partnership (PPP) – for the good of the country.
“We are confidently launching our election with 85 officially-endorsed candidates under the banner of the People’s Progress Party,” he said.
“We also have a number of independents who are running in partnership with us.
“We are contesting 85 seats in the 22 provinces from the National Capital District to the Autonomous Region of Bougainville – we are everywhere.
“We are confident based on our tradition of continuity and consistency for 49 years.
“The best is yet to come.
“We believe that we are going to be a major force.
“I want to assure you that I am confident, standing in front of you, that we are going to be a major force in formation of government in July.”

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