Issues facing nation caused defection: Micah

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The National, Monday July 18th, 2016

PEOPLE’S Progress Party leader Ben Micah says the issues facing the country under the leadership of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill are what forced the PPP to defect to the Opposition.
He said that on Friday just before Parliament resumed for the no-confidence vote against O’Neill.
Micah was flanked by South Bougainville MP Timothy Masiu, Kainantu MP Johnson Tuke and Sumkar MP Ken Fairweather.
The PPP caucus made the decision on Friday morning at a meeting as well as a tele-conference with those who were not in Port Moresby.
He said he could no longer sit back and watch people suffer from crisis such as the grounding of aircraft, which was threatening the security of the country, among other aspects.
“The crisis before us are not about numbers,” Micah told media before Parliament resumed.
“It is about decisive leadership to stop the downward slide to hell.
“I have made the decision as leader to withdraw PPP from the O’Neill-led Government.
“Every opportunity I made for us to address this issue with Government so that we can give some comfort that the Government is sensitive has resulted in no such meetings being convened.”