A shock to learn family decided to retire PM

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The National – Thursday, June 30, 2011

THE retirement of Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare was widely expected after last week’s comments by his son Arthur.
But the fact that the decision was made without any input from the Grand Chief himself was a shock.
Am I wrong to say that Sir Michael is still in coma?
As there is no regular update on the progress of Sir Michael’s health, I am now looking at the worse case scenario.
Unless the Grand Chief is in coma or drifting in and out of consciousness, he would be able to give his own opinion, even if he was heavily sedated.
Now that the family has made the decision for the prime minister to call it a day, we must respect it and move on.
It would have been good had the family, especially Arthur or Betha, to keep the people of Papua New Gui­nea informed of what is happening to Sir Mi­chael, if not on a daily basis, but by giving weekly updates.
That would have been ideal than hearing all sorts of rumours about the prime minister.
I take this opportunity to wish the Grand Chief a speedy reco­very and Lady Veronica must en­sure that she has enough rest.


Port Moresby